Bill would mandate all firearms licensing, registration and insurance

By Guy Page

A Putney legislator has proposed a bill requiring mandatory licensing, registration and insurance of firearms in Vermont.

H.520, introduced by Rep. Mike Mrowicki (D-Putney), would require all firearms owners to have a license to possess a firearm and an insurance card indicating that the owner has firearms liability insurance. And it would require that each of the owner’s firearms be registered.

Another bill introduced May 3 would subsidize firearms storage and locks. H.521, sponsored by Rep. Kate McCann (D-Montpelier), would create a special fund that would offer subsidies to Vermonters for the purpose of purchasing firearms storage devices, exempt all firearms storage devices from the Vermont sales tax, and require firearms dealers to include a trigger lock with each firearm the dealer sells.

Both bills were referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Although action this year is considered unlikely with scheduled adjournment about a week away, the bills could be reviewed by the gun-control friendly Judiciary Committee next session. 

At present, Vermont is one of eight states in which firearms registry is prohibited, according to Ballotpedia. The closest states are Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. 

Categories: Gunrights

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  1. All of these bills seem to come from those that have a D in front of their name, does it stand for Dumb, Derelict of duty, or Domestic terrorist?

    • No, it stands for Domestic Enemy. They are not dumb, they know exactly what they are doing.

      • The communists in the legislature think it’s the “reich” thing to do.


  3. …like petulant children always trying to push the boundaries of what they can get away with. It’s bad enough what infringements are already on the table this session, this is a taste of things to come. The majority of voters in Vermont are apparently ok with this double whammy of tying the hands of law enforcement and limiting the tools for the citizen to use for protection from criminals. If voters dont smarten up, we will have to rely on the Federal courts to remedy this inability for our democrat lawmakers to understand the simple phrase: “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”.

    • Shall not be infringed, do you mean like in their abortion on demand amendment?

    • There are many times I will mention subjects, like this one, to friends/family that they have no clue about. Our once reliable, unbiased news is all but gone. There are a few exceptions, like this site, who try to keep us informed. I agree voters need to be more thoughtful and informed when they go to the ballot box. However, if all people rely on is Google – a site I know for a fact buries information – they still won’t have all the facts.

    • But they’ll expect the people they detest the most, law enforcement, to carry out their dictates. Not happening.

    • Plus these lawsuits that will come will cost our state taxpayers a lot of money.

  4. Pretty sure same move was made by Castro after he came to power in Cuba.

  5. Blatantly unconstitutional, by national and especially state constitutions, but that won’t stop them.

  6. When will our government smarten up about the gun owners in this state and country? All they seem to want to do is just get rid of law abiding peoples guns while turning the criminals back onto the streets! It doesn’t take a genius to see they can pass all the gun laws they want, which only hurts the honest people but does not hurt the criminals. How many people have been shot in Burlington after they passed a no gun ban, or any other big city for that matter? They talk about root cause but they persistently refuse to see what the problem really is. For many years now we have had too many liberal judges in our courts not punishing the guilty so there is no accountability for crimes. We need to replace them with conservative judges that push for stiffer penalities and stop letting the scum of the earth out of prison. If need be bring back the death penalty that might give a deterrent to some!

    • The judges, no matter their ideology seldom get the opportunity to impose proper sentencing…the State’s Attorney wont even bring the cases before them. The majority of voters in Chittenden County expressed our satisfaction with this situation by re-electing Sarah George when we had the opportunity to replace her with a decent and responsible alternative in the last primary. Apparently most of us are ok with the level and types of crime occurring daily all around us.

    • They are not going to smarten up because guns in the hands of the citizens in the long run does not allow them to keep their power. This is why they want our guns.

      1774 – British General Gage takes over as governor of the Massachusetts colony and 36 Tories are appointed to the Massachusetts council by King George III

      Gage restricts the distribution of gunpowder and has 300 barrels of gunpowder seized. Gage realizing he is outnumbered restricts powder & shot trying to use “ammo control” to disarm the people. Guns, powder and shot were however considered private property.

      On October 17th Gage is ordered to confiscate arms especially long guns but knows this is not practicable and as the colonies get wind of what is happening in Massachusetts start arming themselves.

      King George III bans the importation of guns to the colonies also the importation of gunpowder, saltpeter and lead.

      1775 – On April 16th the Battle of Lexington & Concord takes place and the British start seizing arms in earnest. Women are hiding guns and children are making cartridges.

      April 17th Gage starts to disarm Boston and on June 17th Gage proclaims that anyone in Boston who has not turned their arms are to be considered enemies of his majesty. On July 6th in Virginia Jefferson and Dickenson draw up the Declaration of Causes of Taking Up Arms and militias start to form.

      On May 10th Ethan Allen captures the British Fort Ticonderoga. September 16th the New York Provincial Congress orders the seizure of arms with the promise to be compensated.
      for them. (The First Buy Back? ) Bills of Attainder’s, or legislative trials are held without the ability to rebut the charges.

      1776 – In April the British order the Repression of Pamphlets (Thought Crime) and firearms and other properties are seized and forfeited.

      July 4th The Colonies Declare their independence.

      1791 – The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment — “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” gains final ratification.

      1837 – Georgia passes a law banning handguns. The law is ruled unconstitutional and thrown out.

      1865 – In a reaction to emancipation, several southern states adopt “black codes” which, among other things, forbid black persons from possessing firearms.

      1871 – The National Rifle Association is organized around its primary goal of improving American civilians’ marksmanship in preparation for war

      1911 – Turkey disarms it’s citizens. Between 1915 & 1917 1 to 1.5 million Armenians

      1927 – Congress passes a law banning the mailing of concealable weapons. President: Calvin Coolidge – Republican

      1929 – Russia disarms it’s citizens. Between 1929 & 1953 20 million Russians murdered.

      1934 – The National Firearms Act of 1934 regulating only fully automatic firearms like sub-machine guns is approved by Congress. President: Franklin D. Roosevelt – Democrat

      1935 – China disarms its citizens. Between 1948 & 1952 20 million Chinese murdered. However, in China they believe it’s more like 100 million murdered.

      1938 – The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 places the first limitations on selling ordinary firearms. Persons selling guns are required to obtain a Federal Firearms License, at an annual cost of $1, and to maintain records of the name and address of persons to whom firearms are sold. Gun sales to persons convicted of violent felonies were prohibited.
      President: Franklin D. Roosevelt – Democrat

      1938 – Germany disarms it’s citizens. Between 1939 & 1945 over 13 million Jews and other nationalities murdered.

      1956 – Cambodia disarms its citizens. Between 1975 & 1977 1 million educated
      Cambodians murdered.

      1964 – Guatemala disarms it’s citizens. Between 1964 & 1981 100 thousand Mayan
      Indians murdered.

      1968 – The Gun Control Act of 1968 – “…was enacted for the purpose of keeping firearms out of the hands of those not legally entitled to possess them because of age, criminal background, or incompetence.” — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms The Act regulates imported guns, expands the gun-dealer licensing and record keeping requirements, and places specific limitations on the sale of handguns. The list of persons banned from buying guns is expanded to include persons convicted of any non-business-related felony, persons found to be mentally incompetent, and users of illegal drugs.
      President: Lyndon Johnson – Democrat

      1970 – Uganda disarms it’s citizens. Between 1971 & 1979 over 300 thousand
      Christians murdered.

      1972 – The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (BATF) is created listing as part of its mission the control of illegal use and sale of firearms and the enforcement of Federal firearms laws. ATF issues firearms licenses and conducts firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections. President: Richard Nixon – Republican

      1977 – The District of Columbia enacts an anti-handgun law which also requires registration of all rifles and shotguns within the District of Columbia.

      1986 – The Armed Career Criminal Act (Public Law 99-570) increases penalties for possession of firearms by persons not qualified to own them under the Gun Control Act of 1986. President: Ronald Reagan – Republican

      1986 – The Firearms Owners Protection Act (Public Law 99-308) relaxes some restrictions on gun and ammunition sales and establishes mandatory penalties for use of firearms during the commission of a crime. President: Ronald Reagan – Republican

      1986 – The Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (Public Law 99-408) bans possession of “cop killer” bullets capable of penetrating bulletproof clothing.
      President: Ronald Reagan – Republican

      1989 – California bans the possession of so-called semiautomatic assault weapons following the massacre of five children on a Stockton, CA school playground.

      1990 – The Crime Control Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-647) bans manufacturing and importing semiautomatic assault weapons in the U.S. “Gun-free school zones” are established carrying specific penalties for violations.
      President: George H Bush – Republican

      1994 – The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called “Assault Weapons” The 10-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment.
      The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004, as part of the law’s sunset provision. President: William Clinton – Democrat

      1997 – The Supreme Court, in the case of Privtz v. United States, declares the background check requirement of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act unconstitutional.

      1998 – June A Justice Department report indicates the blocking of some 69,000 handgun sales during 1977 while Brady Bill pre-sale background checks were required.

      1998 – July An amendment requiring a trigger lock mechanism to be included with every handgun sold in the U.S. is defeated in the Senate.
      But, the Senate approves an amendment requiring gun dealers to have trigger locks available for sale and creating federal grants for gun safety and education programs.
      President: William Clinton – Democrat

      1998 – Oct. New Orleans, LA becomes the first US city to file suit against gun makers, firearms trade associations, and gun dealers. The city’s suit seeks recovery of costs attributed to gun-related violence.

      1998 – Nov. 12 Chicago, IL files a $433 million suit against local gun dealers and makers alleging that oversupplying local markets provided guns to criminals.

      1998 – Nov. 17 A negligence suite against gun maker Beretta brought by the family of a 14-year-old boy killed by another boy with a Beretta handgun is dismissed by a California jury.

      1998 – Nov. 30 Permanent provisions of the Brady Act go into effect. Gun dealers are now required to initiate a pre-sale criminal background check of all gun buyers through the newly created National Instant Criminal Background Check computer system.
      President: William Clinton – Democrat

      1998 – Dec. 1 The NRA files suit in federal court attempting to block the FBI’s collection of information on firearm buyers.

      1998 – Dec. 5 President Clinton announces that the instant background check system had prevented 400 illegal gun purchases. The claim is called “misleading” by the NRA.

      1999 – Jan. Civil suits against gun makers seeking to recover costs of gun-related violence are filed in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Miami-Dade County, Florida.

      1999 – May 20 By a 51-50 vote, with the tie-breaker vote cast by Vice President Gore, the Senate passes a bill requiring trigger locks on all newly manufactured handguns and extending waiting period and background check requirements to sales of firearms at gun shows.

      1999 – Aug. 24 The Los Angeles County, CA Board of Supervisors votes 3 – 2 to ban the Great Western Gun Show, billed as the “world’s largest gun show” from the Pomona, CA fairgrounds where the show had been held for the last 30 years.

      2013 to 2021 – Several states ban so called Assault Weapons & Magazine capacity bans.

      2022 – June 26 Major gun control bill signed enabling states to enact Red Flag laws with federal help. President: Joseph R. Biden

    • BAD LAW ! Some don’t like to hunt.
      Some don’t have the time to hunt.
      Some due to physical limitations can’t hunt. They all have the right to own a gun regardless. They all have a right to own a gun for protection. Perhaps Mrowicki didn’t read the last phrase of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Shall Not Infringe” That phrase is direction to the government of what they can not do.

  7. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed!

    Like everything else these lunatics propose, not only do they overstep common sense limits and ethical behavior, they fail to do their duty to represent the people.

    However they are working hard to control and impoverish the people and meet their goal to enrich themselves. Licensing, insurance for everything, gun storage, heat pumps, universal school lunch, breakfast, and dinner, mutilating surgeries and drugs for confused kids, the CLA school tax, you name it; it is robbery, insane, unethical, and unconstitutional.

  8. This law would specifically target black and indigenous firearm owners. They are putting a financial wall towards their safety. If they can’t pay the few thousand, then they don’t get to defend themselves or their families. Democrats are racist.

      • You can’t vote out a government that was installed by a seditious conspiracy and election fraud.

  9. Another bill introduced May 3 would subsidize firearms storage and locks. H.521, sponsored by Rep. Kate McCann (D-Montpelier), would create a special fund that would offer subsidies to Vermonters for the purpose of purchasing firearms storage devices, exempt all firearms storage devices from the Vermont sales tax, and require firearms dealers to include a trigger lock with each firearm the dealer sells.

    This is so they know where your guns are when they come to take them.

    • I wonder if the fools Know that EVERY firearm you buy come with a locking mechanism from the factory. I’ve got 3 or 4 of them hanging around here somewhere

  10. This is what we get when we helped Phil Scott get elected thinking, he would protect our gun rights, like he said he would, cuz he had an R next to his name. Then he stabbed us in the back signing the Universal Background Checks for private sales and the magazine ban. Did he actually think it would placate the Communists. How naive. Naive is just another word for stoopid.

  11. Here’s an idea! It they go for your guns, and you can no longer hunt, hunters can take up trapping their game, and use progressive lawmakers as bait!


  13. So this guy moves from jersey city New Jersey. A place where gun violence is running a muck. Moves to Vermont to change the way the people of Vermont live? Guess he couldn’t make a difference where the real issues are. Sorry I don’t feel bad. The people voted him in. Welcome to the west coast Vermont!

  14. These people don’t realize what they are playing with. The oath that your military takes is to defend the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. These are clearly domestic enemies. Think about that.

    • And that’s exactly what they are, DOMESTIC ENEMIES

  15. Sounds to me like registering and insuring a car. BUT driving is a privilege and gun ownership is a right.

    • …and registration of a motor vehicle is only required if it is taken out on the public highway system. If a firearm is kept on private property, and the owner is not federally disqualified it is NOBODY”S BUSINESS.

  16. These self-serving sanctimonious hypocrites ride in on their high horse from out of state and want to impose their green agenda on us, chip away at our second amendment rights, and raise taxes on us all while they give themselves a raise and better benefits.

  17. Wait aren’t these “Ds” suppose to be equity lovers? They seem to forget imposing fees for licensing, insurance and registration is racist….remember those voter ID laws??? These laws would prohibit poor people from “lawfully” having/keeping firearms. Besides, these ignorant “representatives” FORGET, they don’t get to tell us what the 2nd amendment/article 16 does or covers, They are there TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS. So, just a reminder, marxists. Now go home and stop taxing us to death.

    • Not Ds dragonlady1211, they’re Cs for COMMUNISTS. Call them what they really are.

    • No! It’s only going to apply to the new special class of criminals. Us.

      “The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there are not enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking the law”
      Ayn Rand

  18. I didn’t vote for any of these so-called leaders in VT. I was denied my right to vote because I wouldn’t sign a sworn affidavit stating that I hadn’t already voted via a mailed ballot.

  19. I didn’t vote for any of these so-called “leaders” in VT. Last major election, I was denied my right to vote because I would not sign a sworn affidavit stating that I had not already voted via absentee ballot (you know, the ballots that got recklessly sprayed all over the state, with no control over who actually received them).

  20. I thought Vermont was against poor shaming. This bill will literally make it so only the rich can own guns. Hunting is a big part of heritage in Vermont. That will only be left to the rich with this kind of law.

  21. Unlikely Rep. Mike Mrowicki has ever met a concentration camp survivor. Listened to a first hand accounting how the most educated and literate country in the world mandated firearm registration for the safety of its citizens. Looked in the eye and told how the SS arrived at his home to confiscate those same guns. Later, came back a second time to arrest those deemed a threat. Never to be seen again. Hearing this from someone that lived thru it commands, Never Again.

    At best, Mrowicki has exposed himself as profoundly ignorant of history. At worst, a dangerous threat to self government.

    • He will never understand it. If Becca Balint who claims her grandfather was a holocaust survivor doesn’t understand it, he wouldn’t have a clue.
      Mark Twain: “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot”.

      Adolf Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So, let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country”. (On November 11th, 1938, Wilhelm Frick, passed Regulations Against Jews’ Weapon Possession. This regulation effectively deprived all Jews the right to possess firearms or other weapons.)

      Heinrich Himmler: “Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or SA, ordinary citizens do not need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the state”.

  22. Some how the number of Democrats in the Legislator must be brought under control, like the deer population, or rabid coyotes.

  23. If you think the other proposed laws waiting in the house are unconstitutional, these two are nuts. This guy thinks he can mandate a license before you can exercise your constitutional rights. And then to mandate an insurance policy to exercise a constitutional right is just as nutty. NJ and NY implants bringing their arrogance to Vermont. The legislative council should quash these two laws right away. Firearms registries are illegal and insurance companies wouldn’t pay claims on negligent misuse of firearms anyway. Who are they going to send to inspect these privately own firearms? That’s a job I wouldn’t want. The voters can take care of these two idiots in 2024. Even decent democrats if there are any should begin to see that eventually these overloads will run out of laws for conservatives and then they will come after you. In the meantime these two bills are going to run into large scale disobedience and noncompliance.

  24. Don’t worry all you hunters, they won’t come and take your scoped hunting rifle. wel at least not until they reclassify it a “Sniper Rifle”.

  25. Donald L. Cline: “A free citizenry does not ask its governments’ permission to exercise a right. It does not register its exercise of a right. It does not waive any other right, such as the right to privacy, or the right to due process, or the right to be secure from being compelled to waive a right in order to exercise a right, in exchange for permission to exercise a right such as the right to keep and bear arms which government does not have the authority to issue or deny in the first place. It does not permit government to claim the exercise of a right is probable cause, or prima facie evidence, or even a suspicion, of a crime having been committed. It does not discuss, or negotiate, what rights it will or will not exercise with government or with any government functionary. In short, a free citizenry, founded in principles of liberty, does not give up its right to determine what kind of government receives its Consent to Govern. A free citizenry respects, honors, and protects the lawful rights of others, by force of arms, if necessary, else liberty cannot be preserved for anyone”.

    Donald L. Cline was a constitutional scholar from Arizona.

  26. The bill proposed is blatantly unconstitutional and impeachment proceeding against Mrowicki, and any of the bill’s co-sponsors should already have begun.

  27. Throw the bums out. They don’t accept the fact that deranged or evil people cause the carnage they are concerned about. Plastering this foolishness on decent people who own guns solves nothing.
    What they really want is confiscation and this would be step in that direction.

  28. They’re coming after our gun rights again. Here’s a common sense idea. Let’s start punishing the criminal harder to eliminate the crimes with guns. Ohh that makes sense. Vote these people out of office.

  29. We know what Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys would have done to these commie. They are asking for the Boys to step up and do what is needed for freedom again.

  30. Keep voting in the Democrats and this is what you get. More laws against its law abiding citizens. Go after the criminals and prosecute them, not just take their guns away and let them go free.

  31. You’ve heard all about men “identifying” as women and women “identifying” as men. But my proposal is that Vermont “identify” as California. Before you reject the idea, hear me out We’re already going down that road, playing “monkey see monkey do” with CA, and face it, people are moving out of there in droves. Gruesome Newsom could use the extra tax revenue and all those “unlawful” guns as much as the VT “deplorables”.

    I haven’t figured a new name for the resulting state yet, but why mince words? New California maybe? East California?

  32. democrats are the enemies of America. Treat them as the enemy they are

  33. Vermont and eight other states prohibit firearms registration according to Ballotpedia. That is Nine in total. If all States followed the Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the land, no state would have a registry. See the Second Amendment.

  34. Gee, Commies……Looks like you have an awful lot of people who will NOT comply with unconstitutional “laws” because the US Constitution renders them unlawful, mute, & thereby completely unenforceable. No wonder you all want an ignorant & drugged up & government-reliant population.

    But silly wabbits……you still don’t have that with republicans/independents/libertarians here!

    Now, once again, I shall NEVER comply. But you’ve got my name & address….come and attempt to make me!!!!!!

    That’s riiiiight…..I’m exercising both my freedom of speech and freedom to carry at once!

  35. Again their rational is that they are charged with administering our lives. Do they think we will just submit to their fiddling with us? The more they do this the more they beclown themselves and erode our spirit to law-abiding cooperation. We’ve subjected ourselves to bad governing.

    • They’re not charged with administering anyone’s lives though, with the only exception being their own. They are charged with complete & total obeyance to the US and Vermont Constitution, the rule of law, and to protecting & serving the people as public servants. Period. WE are ALL the government.

      They require impeachment and potentially being tried as traitors to the nation. As does Biden and much of Congress. The punishment if convicted is death.

  36. Does that include criminals or just law abiding citizens?

  37. Ever try getting insurance for a firearm ? State Farm has a 1500.00 limit , pay an extra premium to up that amount to 5,000.00 . This was the case in my midwestern state . I’m not so sure Legislators have run this insurance requirement by the insurance companies to see their reluctance to get involved in “gun insurance” Mine was a homeowners policy .