MONTPELIER – Vermont’s Republican Governor Phil Scott pledged to sign three new gun-control bills next week, making it easier for the state to confiscate firearms from certain people.
The first bill would make it easier to confiscate guns from someone considered to be at risk of harming themselves or others. The second allows the police to confiscate firearms from anyone whose been arrested or cited for domestic violence. The third bill would raise the gun purchase age to 21 and expand background checks. It would also ban bump stocks and high capacity magazines, accordingto WVNY.
Hundreds of Second Amendmentsupporters gathered in South Burlington Saturday to protest the Governor’s decision and express their disappointment.
Phil Scott is showing great courage by signing the gun bill. Doing the right thing even when upsetting your base is what good governance is about
“We’re trying to get people to understand us and understand why we want our right to bear arms,” Covey told WVNY.
WVNY reached out to Gov. Scott’s office and Gun Sense Vermont, a local group advocating for stricter gun control. Neither responded to their request for comment.
GOP Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has done a major shift on guns. He'd long opposed restrictions. After the Douglas massacre and the arrest of someone allegedly planning a Vermont school shooting, he said, "Where I was a week or two ago has changed completely." https://t.co/64uAFhZZJh