In spite of the strong gun use culture here in Vermont, and the lack of a problem with gun related violence in the state it looks like the advocates of gun control are starting a push here. We have already noted that, while Governor Shumlin is hesitant to take up that banner on the state level here in Vermont, some Democrats in the legislature are not so reluctant. There is also a push going on at the municipal level as well. Leading the charge are Barre and Burlington. The FaceBook page of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs had a response to both these efforts. Here is their response to the Barre Mayor’s call to target the group’s Annual Gun Show:
The Barre F&G Club has for decades held its Annual Gun Show at the Memorial Auditorium in Barre. It is a traditional event for the first weekend in February.
On Friday, the Mayor of Barre announced on WCAX that the gun show should not have “military-style firearms” present at the show. And for the first time he will have plainclothes police officers in the parking lot at the show. (WCAX article )
As we all know, the mayor is probably referring to semi-automatic firearms. He likely does not understand that these Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR) are among the most popular and are a very substantial portion of the rifles sold in this country. They are not the fully automatic rifles used by our military.
The semi-automatic handguns owned by civilians are by far the largest segment of handguns sold in this country. And with both the semiautomatic rifles and handguns, these types of firearms have dominated the civilian markets for decades.
Virtually every form of center-fire rifle or handgun has been issued to and used by the U.S. military.
This news story has been picked up by The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle and many other news outlets in the national media. Which means the Barre Fish & Game Club has been defamed far and wide.
The Barre Fish & Game Club runs its annual gun show just like all of its other events and activities: in a honorable and lawful manner. This event brings hundreds of vendors of the show and thousands more visitors to downtown Barre for a weekend during the dead of winter.
The Barre Fish & Game Club has long provided many services to the community. Among these are:
*Conducting Vermont Hunter Education Classes
*Hosting NRA Firearms Instructor Certification Courses
*Conducting an Annual Fishing Derby for youngsters
*Conducting NRA Women On Target events
*Operating and maintaining a ranges for the public to use for a very minimal permit fee
* Closing its ranges for days at a time so law enforcement personnel may use the ranges for training and qualifications.
This Includes the City of Barre Police Department and the Vermont State Police.
The Mayor Lauzon’s Barre’s comments to the media do a serious disservice to the Barre Fish & Game Club. They incorrectly characterize the club’s gun show as irresponsible.
Worse, his statements were wrong and unjust.
Here is their statement on the vote by the Burlington City Council to ban “Assault Weapons”, with an amendment to “include permitting/licensing handguns”:
Burlington City Council Passes Resolution to ban Assault Weapons and amended it to include permitting/licensing handguns!
First off, THANK YOU Everybody for showing up! It was standing room only to show your support of sportsmen’s rights!
They passed the resolution 10-3 after extending public comment to one hour with ALL 30 speakers(the max allowed to speak!), members of the public speaking AGAINST it including one State Representative!
We cannot let off now and must continue the protest!
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On another note, please send an email to Councilmen Dober, Harnett, and Decelles for voting against this unconstitutional resolution. Also, thank Rep. Kurt Wright for his comment against it too!