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Gun control bills would set 48-hour waiting period, ban possession in some public places

By Guy Page

Bills introduced into the Vermont Senate would set a 48-hour waiting period for most firearms transfers, allow health care providers to notify police when a patient may harm self or others with a gun, and ban carrying firearms in some public places, Eric Davis of Gun Owners of Vermont (GoVT) reports.

On a Jan. 15 Facebook post, GoVT provided information on the following bills:

S4  would require a 48-hour waiting period for most firearms transfers. It was introduced Jan. 12 by Senator Phil Baruth (D/P – Chittenden) without co-sponsors and sent to Senate Judiciary, where Baruth is vic-chair.

S5, would require the state to report annual data on the use of extreme risk protection orders, and permit a health care provider to notify a law enforcement officer when the health care provider believes a patient poses an extreme risk of causing harm to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a dangerous weapon or by having a dangerous weapon within his or her custody or control.

S5 was sent to Senate Judiciary after being introduced Jan. 12 without co-sponsors by Sen. Richard Sears (D-Bennington), chair of Senate Judiciary. 

S.30 would ban possession of firearms at childcare facilities, hospitals, and government buildings (not including U.S. government buildings). It was introduced Jan. 14 by Baruth and co-sponsored by Sens. Balint, Bray, Campion, Chittenden, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, Hooker, Lyons, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Ram, Sirotkin and White. It too was referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Judiciary is scheduled to take testimony on S30 Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9 AM, via Zoom. Only one representative of a ‘gun rights’ organization, Chris Bradley of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, has been invited to testify. The following people are scheduled to testify: 

  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • T.J. Donovan, Vermont Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor’s Office
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer 
  • James Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, State of Vermont
  • Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner, Buildings & General Services 
  • Chris S. Bradley, President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
  • John Campbell, Executive Director, State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs’ Dept.
  • Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Vermont Defender General’s Office
  • Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

S. 31, co-introduced by Senators Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) and Ruth Hardy (D-Addison), is a “catchall” gun control bill that would:

(1) require a 72-hour waiting period for all firearms sales; 

(2) repeal the statute that permits large capacity ammunition feeding devices to be manufactured in Vermont; 

(3) require that, when a firearm is not in a person’s immediate possession or control, the firearm must be locked in a safe storage depository or rendered incapable of being fired; 

(4) permit a family or household member to file a petition for an Emergency Risk Protection Order; and 

(5) authorize health care providers to inform a law enforcement officer when the health care provider reasonably believes that a patient poses an extreme risk of causing harm to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a dangerous weapon or by having a dangerous weapon.

“GoVT is working closely with the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Club on these bills and we promise to keep everyone up to speed on any new developments. Be sure to check back frequently as things move quickly this time of year,” Davis said.

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  1. Phil Baruth has nothing more important to do than dream up new infringements on our Article 16, and 2nd Amendment rights. He needs to be voted out! Burlington, are you listening ? Check out Evan Hughes’s VTguns@aol.com blog regarding how much money is being funneled into the State of Vermont from Michael Bloomberg’s Every Town for Gun Safety” organization to The Necrason Group lobbyists in Montpelier. This does not include The Gifford Group which generally spends a significant amount with them as well. These are not “local grass root” organizations as their surrogates here in Vermont would have you believe. Money talks and …….. walks! Call your local Senators, and Reps. to tell them, No more gun laws !

  2. I have to say that our legislators are off to a very bad start! Bills S-4’S-5,S30,S-31,are nothing more than attempts to accomplish nothing! Are our legislators going to do anything to help Vermonters or just put forth popular themes?TJ Donovan and our legislators need to read the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment!This right is not to be infringed on and they need to be held accountable to the Constitution! If TJ Donovan and the legislators don”t uphold the law again,then we have no law!! I have to say I wonder why there is not more response to True North Reports?Please pass the word or our rights will be gone, and a Police State will be no fun!!

  3. And why is there only one person that is for gun rights “invited” to testify. I see Vermont is following to lead of others again and not following it’s own course of the people. Vermont is number three and has been in the top three for lowest crime in many years. We don’t need to follow others because they can’t deal with their crime rates. VT, Maine, NH have been top three safest places to live for years in the entire USA.

  4. Given that many people possess a gun for self-defense, in what world does requiring that, “when a firearm is not in a person’s immediate possession or control, the firearm must be locked in a safe storage depository or rendered incapable of being fired” male a lick of sense. ‘Oh wait mister nighttime intruder, please don’t hurt my wife and children until I can go and get my gun from the safe and render it useful.” Good grief . . .

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