Municipal firearms restrictions #1 priority for gun control group

By Guy Page

The November 8 election was tough on Vermont’s pro-Second Amendment advocates for gun rights. 

Voters returned only 37 Republicans to the 150 seat-house, eliminating virtually any possibility of a ⅓ of the House membership supporting a veto by Gov. Phil Scott. Speaking generally, Republicans traditionally support gun rights; Democrats traditionally favor gun restrictions. Scott had embraced some gun control legislation but demurred on and even vetoed other bills. Any future vetos are highly unlikely to be sustained.

Rep. Conor Casey, also affiliated with GunsenseVT

A few days later, re-elected Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden) was chosen to lead the Vermont Senate as its next Pro Tem. He succeeds Becca Balint, who was elected to Congress. Baruth is the acknowledged leader and driving force of firearms restrictions in the Vermont Legislature.

Yesterday, Conor Casey, a newly-elected House member for Montpelier and executive director of the pro-gun control advocacy group GunsenseVT, told Vermont Daily Chronicle his organization will definitely pursue repeal of the state law prohibiting municipal firearm restrictions. 

Passed in 1987, the Sportsmen’s Law states: “Except as otherwise provided by law, no town, city, or incorporated village, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall directly regulate hunting, fishing, and trapping or the possession, ownership, transportation, transfer, sale, purchase, carrying, licensing, or registration of traps, firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or ammunition.”

The law follows Vermont’s enduring legal principle of ‘pre-emption,’ in which state law pre-empts (supercedes, trumps) municipal law. 

“A Vermont municipality only has the power that the Legislature allows it to have,” Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs president Chris Bradley said. “This concept is known as “Dillon’s Rule”, a cornerstone of municipal law with Vermont being one of 40 states that have this sensible approach to handling certain types of laws.”

Sensible or not, Gunsense has the Sportsmen’s Law in its sights. 

“Repealing the preemption law is absolutely on the GunSense legislative agenda,” Casey told VDC. “I anticipate you’ll see other towns passing supportive resolutions in the coming weeks.” Burlington is considered the leading candidate for firearms restrictions. 

And Gunsense won’t stop at changing just one major gun law.

“In addition, GSVT will be pushing waiting periods, safe storage, a ban on assault weapons (based on the NY definition) and expanding the ERPO [extreme risk protection order] law,” Casey said. 

Speaking to his own role as both lawmaker and paid policy advocate, Casey said he plans to remain with GunSense, but not in a policymaking capacity. 

“I will remain at GunSense part-time in January, but as the organization has both a [501]C3 and [501]C4, I’ll be shifting to the former, working on education campaigns and performing more administrative work. The organization is currently in the process of bringing a government relations person onboard for political work,” Casey said. 

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  1. I’m sure that the nice people who keep visiting Burlington from Springfield, Mass, will obey all these new gun restriction laws, should they pass. Whether it’s intentional, or simply the result of a certain neurotic psychology, or more likely, a combination of both, the left does this, and has done this, all over the world. It’s called anarcho-tyranny, and it’s a very effective socio-political demoralization technique. You let violent criminals go free, (in the case of Vermont you also encourage them to come here to get in on the new market for fentanyl, weed & hookers,) and you legally penalize those who defend themselves, while making it harder for them to do so by banning or restricting legal weapons of self defense. It is misdirected terrorism.

    • It’s not misdirected. It’s by design. ‘They’ stage shootings in various ways and then chip away at our right to bear arms/protect ourselves.

      • A misdirect is when you do something and get folks to look and blame elsewhere, i.e. they’re blaming the weapons and the victims of violent crime, and misdirecting away from themselves & freeing the criminals while disarming and selectively punishing only those who defend themselves. So, yes. By design at least on some level, and by naivety & fear on another. But we’re really on the same page here. 😉

      • Don’t you think this is simpler than a so-called ‘design’ or ‘neurotic psychology’?

        We attribute too much intellectual and mechanical capability to the politicians in charge. Very little, if anything, is working well. And their first instinct is to blame our dystopia on something, anything, or anyone but themselves. The mistake we make is thinking they have a plan, that they’re trying to distract our attention from some imagined grand scheme in their hidden hand.

        Crime increases – they increase gun control, defund the police, and implement cashless bail.
        Children don’t know the 3Rs – they require more funding to public schools only and restrict parental involvement.
        Healthcare is too expensive – they institute universal healthcare, one size fits all.
        Homelessness – they increase government subsidized housing.
        Poverty rate increases – they raise the minimum wage.

        Not only do these policies not work, they make everything worse. Then, when we try to explain that to our politicians, we’re surprised and upset when they don’t listen. What we fail to understand is that they have never understood what they were doing in the first place. We give these people far too much credit. There is no ‘design’. They have no ‘plan’. They wouldn’t know how to organize or construct anything if hell froze over.

        So, why do we expect them to understand our recommendations when they can’t explain why they do what they do? The real problem is with our naive expectations.

        It’s time for each of us to invest as little effort (time and money) as possible in trying to communicate with the Uncle Remus Tar Baby that is Vermont politics. Do whatever you can to control your own destiny. Whatever it takes. Put your oxygen mask on first, then help your neighbor. I, for one, have been making my own plans and relationships for some time now – because I was born and bred in this briar patch. I suggest you all do the same while you still can.

      • So by your claim, they are consciously importing former child soldiers from East Africa, repackaging them as “refugees” and “new Americans”, and giving them apartments in the old north end along with every other available social service, with full knowledge they will just steal firearms from vehicles and kill each other over turf wars with bloods gang members just to push firearms restrictions?

    • When municipal restrictions are implemented, of course there will be “unwritten” provisions to overlook violations by certain “protected groups” based on perceived victimhood or status as being “historically disadvantaged”. Only whitey needs to be concerned about enforcement since whitey is the root of all evil. Burlington will continue to roll out the red carpet for it’s diverse “tourists” from Springfield MA, Hartford CT, Philadelphia PA etc.

  2. Ahh my radical opponent, Connor Spacey, out of touch with reality, with his gun nonsense group. The organization uses manipulation, gaslighting tactics and guilt tripping to continue to push restrictions. They do not get to dictate or make choices regarding rights of citizens, but somehow they are getting away with it. They are an extreme radical left / anti freedom coalition, a group who continuously deceitfully tries to tear away at our 2nd amendment rights by adding more and more restrictions.
    I recall them pushing restrictions for no firearms in medical facilities and hospitals, next it will be in public places or public lands, they will attempt to place restrictions in our cities, vehicles, private facilities, until there is no place to even be able to carry a firearm, it’s absolute ludicrous.
    A very dangerous group, misinforming the public and using fear tactics to manipulate legislation.

  3. No worries, sarah george doesn’t prosecute any crimes as far as I can see. Felons in burlington always get a pass.

    • There is a tendency to refer cases to federal prosecutors. Drug trafficking and firearms violations/crimes. As firearms are the cause du jour today for society’s ills
      expect that as Vermont’s political elites clamp down on law abiding residents, referrals for federal gun charges to ramp up. If convicted in federal court, Vermont doesn’t have to pay for the incarceration.
      The only bright spot on this scenario is that baruth and his socialist cabal will concoct laws that will be repealed by the USSC, after a lengthy and expensive battle.
      Article 16 is quite clear, as is the 2nd Amendment.

      • The SCOTUS will have to be the last bastion of freedom, since the VT Supreme Court is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the democrat party and could not care less about Article 16 of the VT Constitution…

  4. Our lawmakers are supposed to LISTEN to constituents and work on the things they ask for. Our politicians, on the other hand, come into office ALREADY HAVING THEIR AGENDA, which they use their position to push forward. This GunSense initiative is a coordinated effort with Burlington and Winooski who have similar initiatives now. Montpelier does not have the crime level that those cities have and, so far, we don’t have the extreme record of not PROSECUTING criminals as in those cities. Let’s put all the citizen needs on a list and start with the most important to the MAJORITY of the people.

  5. Good going Vermont!!! Yes Siree, keep voting for the gun stealing, baby killing, locker room invading, drained education radical Marxist leaning Alinsky worshipping destroyers of Freedom. No worries, in no time we’ll have no weapons except for those the gun toting, fentanyl pushing drug dealers in our towns and cities carry. We’ll all be able to sit in front of the vision box at 6 listening to our local propagandists tell us how wonderfully our Demonrat infested statehouse is leading us into the utopias of such great cities as San Francisco, Chicago, and even New York City. Yes Siree Vermonters, Congratulations on leaving all traditional Vermont ways blowing in the winds of yesteryear.

  6. I WILL NOT OBEY – I WILL NOT COMPLY ALL GUN CONTROL UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL! Government does not give us our rights. Our rights are not given to us by the Constitution. Our rights are given to us by God and are inherent to us as human beings and by the Laws of Nature. These rights that we are born with are affirmed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the Constitution and specify what the government can and cannot do to us as citizens of the United States. Government’s only power is the power which is enumerated to it by the Constitution. The federal government, a state, county or town cannot pass a law contrary to the Constitution. Article 6 the Supremacy Clause makes the Constitution the supreme law of the land. Under our Constitution the government is not delegated the authority to legislate, enforce, or adjudicate laws pertaining to the exercise of our rights under the Constitution – Period. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to require the government’s permission to exercise any right affirmed to us under the Constitution. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be secure from unwarranted interrogation, search, or seizure in the absence of probable cause of criminal conduct. Or compel us to waive our guaranteed 5th Amendment right to due process as a precondition to being allowed (or denied) the exercise of our right to keep and bear arms. This violation of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights happens every time that we are interrogated under penalty of perjury without probable cause that a crime has been committed when we fill out B.A.T.F.E form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our 10th Amendment right to a federal government exercising only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution, and State governments are prohibited the exercise of any power prohibited to the States by the United States Constitution.
    The government is not delegated the authority under the 14th Amendment to make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Government is not delegated by our Constitution the authority to license firearm dealers or operate or fund the most powerful anti-rights government agency on the planet called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Since no Amendment in the Bill of Rights has been repealed thru Article V or by a National Convention of States, the only legal way to change the Constitution, all existing gun control laws presently violate five Amendments of the Bill of Rights and goes against the settled law of two Supreme Court decisions, Heller vs the District of Columbia 2008 and McDonald vs Chicago 2010. Both decisions affirm that the people’s right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that citizens are allowed firearms in common use, those small arms or those that operate like them and are issued to our National Guard which comprises of citizen soldiers.

    The purpose of compelled background checks as a precondition to allowing or denying the transfer of a firearm is to deceive firearm owners and prospective owners into unknowingly waiving their rights guaranteed by the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 14th Amendments so they will have no rights left to claim when the government decides to register and confiscate our firearms. We have a right to keep and bear arms, not a privilege to keep and bear arms. Our rights are beyond the reach of the government and no citizen has to ask government permission to exercise a right. Government has no authority delegated to it by the Constitution to deceive its citizens into waiving their rights or acquiescing to the loss of their rights by subterfuge, scam, fraud, or force. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS!

    Unconstitutional Official Acts
    16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:
    The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The US. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:
    The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it..… A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby. No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it. The Supreme Court’s decision is as follows; “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it has never been passed”. Norton vs Shelby County 1886 – 118 US 425 p.442.

    Alexander Hamilton explains unconstitutional law in Federalist No.76; “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid”.

  7. Everything on the list above has been deemed unconstitutional. So the brain trust in mount stupid is going to push for a patch work of gun laws throughout the state so every citizen would have to know the different laws in each town or city? This is the reason the law was passed in 1987, to stop what they are proposing.

    Take safe gun storage as an example. In my house, I’m the boss not Connor Casey. Authorities would need a warrant based on probable cause to enter my house to check on my safe gun storage. Who will Casey appoint to do these checks? This is an unenforceable, unconstitutional dream.

    Waiting periods work well, especially for those of us who already have firearms, right? No one knows how many firearms exist in Vermont but it’s a sure bet that many people have more than one so how is waiting to buy another going to stop a gun crime?

    Assault weapons ban isn’t going to happen either. Paul Pelosi was assaulted with a hammer, is that an assault weapon, of course it is and so are knives if used to stab someone. Is Phil or Connor going to go after all the felons carrying illegal guns? The supreme court has defined firearms in common use can not be banned. There are more AR15 (Armalite Rifles) in America than Ford F150 trucks. There are probably a few thousand in Vermont. Will Phil and Connor come for them?

    And did you know that Connor Casey bought a gun for himself because he thought someone was after him. Another hypocritical
    politician. He is about to take an oath to defend and not harm the Vermont constitution and here he is, trying before sworn into office, to take your constitutional rights and harm the Vermont constitution. The same goes for Phil Baruth. These people use the positions to control our lives and lie when taking their oath of office. They are much more dangerous than the people they are afraid of.

  8. The VT Constitution protects us better than the US constitution: Article 16. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State–

    • Bob, that is true but as long as Vermont has a liberal supreme court they can try to get away with their theft of our freedom. We need to support organizations to take them to court. These people do not honor our constitutions and they view them as in the way of their plan to control the people.

  9. Brought to us by years of failure in civics education and politicians more interested in control and profits rather than serving the people. The Great Seal of the State of Vermont was engraved with the words FREEDOM and UNITY in 1779 when it was designed by Ira Allen and crafted by silversmith Reuben Dean, in Windsor, the Birthplace of Vermont. Since than freedoms have been eroded and unity replaced with division by using fear and manipulation. Sad so many would rather be told what to do and when to do it; rather than stand on their own two feet, be self reliant, and meet the challenge of a calling greater than themselves, to preserve our freedom and live in unity.

    • Unfortunately Cathy, Most of the people in our legislature know very little of the history of Vermont. Their knowledge is limited to the portraits hanging on the walls in the state house. If they pass through the front doors, they go past the statute of Ethan Allen and probably have no idea who he was.

      • Isn’t he the “furniture guy ?” Don’t laugh, I’ve had people tell me that while I was a Security Officer on the State Complex…….

  10. 251 towns all with different ideas as to how to regulate firearms. Can you imagine 251 towns all with different ideas on how to regulate freedom of Religion ? How about how the press should it be allowed to report the news (censorship) ? Should Burlington have different criteria for search, and seizure (the 4th Amendment) than say Rutland, or Bradford ? I get it, the 2nd Amendment is conveniently viewed as a red headed step child by those who fear it. According to them, it does not deserve to be written on the same grade of parchment as the rest of the Bill of Rights, but it is ! and for good reason, so get over it ! This contrived intrusion (infringement) is another step. Dominos anybody ?

    • The sheriffs and the state police should be against any of these laws. First, they take an oath too. Second, they may not always be an officer of the law and these laws would affect them as well.
      Third, If I see a police officer held down somewhere by a thug with a gun and the state has stripped me of my constitutional right to protect myself, I’m going to drive right by that officer in trouble. Why should I risk my life when the police didn’t stick up for my rights and the state violated both the US and the VT constitutions.

      If there is a patch work of firearms laws in the future, they all violate my constitutional rights because my rights don’t stop at the boundary of some town. Each and every town will be sued in court.

  11. How are municipal police supposed to track and enforce suc a nonsensical law? Where would the resources come from.? Local law enforcement is already shivery staffed and stretched thin to the limit. How would they track gun registration? Where would the money come from to hire the additional staff to implement and monitor this law?
    Will municipalities be willing or able to afford the inevitable legal challenges to their local gun control laws?
    This is a ridiculous and unenforceable liberal feel good idea. A solution in search of a problem.

    • These proposed gun restrictions will be in the back pocket of county prosecutors in order to selectively go after people who are disliked for their politics or activism. Look how they made an example of Max Misch for purchasing “large capacity” magazines in NH. He didn’t help his case by deliberately challenging the law but every media organization that reported on him made sure to taint all gun owners by continually referring to him as “white supremacist” Max Misch. The major media is powerful and is a wholly owned entity of the left.

  12. Baruth and the others that signed on to the Red Flag Bills they tried to pass should have been removed from the Statehouse because they committed perjury.
    They violated their Oath of Office to uphold the Constitutions of VT and America by introducing a Bill that removed 2nd Amendment protections from Law Abiding Vermonters.

    I made three efforts to have him and the others removed.
    I called on Janet Miller, The Sergeant at Arms in the Statehouse.
    I called on Sheriff Sam Hill of Washington County to do his job and remove them.
    And I called on AG Donovan to remove them.

    They are protected by an inept and biased system that has allowed this to continue.

    Casey and Baruth are afflicted with the same woke agenda that believes punishing Law Abiding Vermonters will reduce the crime that they are in fact allowing to happen. It is this simple, Removing Guns from Law Abiding Vermonters will make them victims to those who break the Law. ( Criminals don’t care about your Laws )
    Here is something else you fail to understand, VT has always been in the top 3 safest States in America because of being Pro Gun.
    The people you are trying to disarm are the ones who would defend your life from an unprovoked attack. Despite the fact you are trying to harm them and their Family.

    Casey and Baruth need to understand the terminology, Not to be infringed upon.

    Despite their fear and attempts to control Vermonters the Constitution is Law.
    And they are violating it.

  13. The expansion of Gitmo guarantees there is plenty of room for those committing treason. I am no relation to Woke Conner that I know of – Thank God

  14. Start petitioning your town now to allow for machine guns, ie no restrictions. Maybe a municipal gun range. Help make your town the safest town in the state of Vermont. If they can go one way you can go the other.

    • This is how you counteract the insanity of those who are willfully trying to create illegal and unconstitutional laws.
      The 2nd Amendment removes all restrictions on any weapon used for self defense, the defense of ones State or Country.
      It is absolutely clear, as is Brians vision.
      Despite the attempts of many, the 14th Amendment of the VT Constitution and the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are clear.
      Those that willfully try to violate them are breaking the law.

      • We should ignore all unconstitutional laws. There are already three Supreme Court decisions affirming our 2A rights.

  15. Ask yourself why Vermont has the some of the lowest crime rates in America and then look at states with the highest crime along with the most restrictive gun laws. Criminals DON’T obey gun laws, Criminals DON’T need background checks, Criminals DON’T use gun safes, Criminals DON’T buy their guns from gun shops. Restrict the law abiding citizens and you will elevate crime. Period. Wake up America.

  16. деморализация: Complete
    These people are so confused, they need government assistance to heat their homes while advocating for higher fuel costs… all in an effort to prevent the Earth from getting warmer.
    We live in a state where most people who still know what a woman is are too afraid to say so in public.
    Dystopian fiction writers could never have sold anyone a future this stupid.

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