News alert: H610 would jail people who “refuse to assist” in gun confiscation

NEWS ALERT – this email was just received from a reliable gun rights advocate at the Vermont State House:

“House Judiciary Committee Bill H. 610 now declares a new crime to jail persons who refuse to assist in the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms.  And that crime appears to be a Felony punishable by two years imprisonment.”

According to advocates, the most recent version of the domestic violence & firearms bill now makes it a crime punishable by two years to “refuse to obey instructions from a law enforcement officer to ensure the safe removal of firearms or to protect the safety of the officer or other persons present” and also instructs that the violation may be charged to “a person present at a location during the lawful search…”

H610 will be the subject of a public hearing this evening, per this notice:

Public Hearing regarding H.610, Firearms and Domestic Violence
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 5:00–7:00 p.m., State House, Montpelier
Montpelier, Vermont.  The Vermont Legislature will hold a public hearing on H.610, Firearms and Domestic Violence, on February 18, 2020. The hearing will be held at the State House in Montpelier from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The hearing is being held by the House Committee on Judiciary.

The hearing will be held in the House Chamber.  Witnesses may start signing up to speak at 4:00 p.m.  Witness testimonies are limited to two minutes.  The Committee will also accept written testimony. People who wish to testify must sign up. Those who wish to speak IN FAVOR of the bill must enter through the door at the WEST end of the State House (when facing the building from the front, the LEFT end). Those who wish to speak IN OPPOSITION to the bill must enter through the door at the EAST end of the State House (when facing the building from the front, the RIGHT end).

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