Vermont Lawmakers Join Mayors in Pushng Gun Control Agenda

It looks like some Vermont legislators are joining the Vemront mayors in pushing a gun control agenda:

“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get something done this session,” said Sen. Majority Leader Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden). Sen. Baruth proposes banning manufacture, possession and sale of assault weapons, as well as clips with a capacity higher than five. Under the bill, those who currently own such a weapon would be exempted. Baruth said he had already planned to introduce the bill this session when the shootings in Newtown gave the plan new urgency. “I do believe that’s part of the solution — obviously not all of the solution,” he said.

“I’m not sure how far we can go this year. I think it’s an area we have to tread very softly,” said Rep. Pat Brennan (R-Chittenden).

Rep. Brennan said he believes mental health reform has greater potential to prevent another tragedy than a ban, and that more discussion is needed before action is taken.

On Monday four of Vermont’s mayors called for federal legislation renewing federal bans on semi-automatic weapons in place during the Clinton years. Tuesday, more joined in as they asked legislators to bring state law into-sync with federal law by banning convicts from carrying weapons. “We need another tool in the tool box at the local and state level,” said Rutland Mayor Chris Louras.

Beyond that, the mayors differ in opinion, and its unclear if Sen. Baruth’s proposal will reach the floor. Governor Peter Shumlin has said the issue would be best handled at the federal level.

Gun store operators Channel 3 spoke with said they’ve seen a massive rush on semi-automatic assault weapons over the last month. Most said they’re sold out, and even without a ban, likely won’t be able to re-stock for about a year.

The actual bill being discussed is S.32 and can be read here.

2 thoughts on “Vermont Lawmakers Join Mayors in Pushng Gun Control Agenda

  1. I sent this note to Gov. Shumlin yesterday after also voicing my concerns regarding health care reforms:
    Dear Gov. Shumlin:
    The issue of gun control is preeminent in the news today. The horror and tragedy of the cold blooded massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has struck an emotional chord with the entire nation and elicited the natural reaction of trying to do something to prevent such a thing from ever happening again.
    New York passed a ban yesterday in a gesture of solving “the problem”; however, the reality is it will do nothing to prevent such tragedies. It WILL, however, diminish the constitutionally assured right of law abiding citizens to bear arms. Consistently ignored is the fact that criminals do NOT obey the law.
    Gun control, past reasonable background checks, is an infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights. Put another way, the Constitution of the United States – the law of our land – says that government is not to infringe on our right to bear arms – it’s very clear (and it is NOT about hunting!). Our elected officials swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, not just the parts they agree with at the time. If citizens or public servants do not agree with the Constitution, they are free to seek changes through the proscribed process. They are NOT FREE to break the law.
    Our right to bear arms is not given to us by the Constitution or government – it exists as part of our unalienable right to life and the right to protect our life, liberty and property. The Constitution assures that right and tells the government they are not free to infringe upon it.
    I urge you and the members of the Vermont legislature to review the law of our land, honor all oaths to uphold it and take no action that infringes on the natural rights of law abiding American citizens. If you find you cannot uphold that oath, I ask you voluntarily step down from public office.
    To conclude – this American citizen and Vermont taxpayer is NOT in favor of any new gun control measures. I AM in favor of improving our mental healthcare system – a focus in this area will do far more to prevent another Sandy Hook type tragedy, while gun control will simply make law abiding citizens more vulnerable to criminals.

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