Scott leans toward gun bill veto

By Guy Page

At his press conference today, Gov. Phil Scott signalled he may veto S30, which criminalizes carrying guns on hospital property and extends the background check waiting period to up to 30 days. 

An amended version of the bill passed by the Senate was passed by the House Friday, January 28. The roll call vote mustered 97 yes votes, three short of the 100 necessary to override a veto. It is unclear whether House leaders could find seven more votes – especially because two yes votes, Reps. Peter Fagan (Rutland) and Scott Beck (St. Johnsbury) are Republican and would face considerable pressure to sustain the Republican governor’s veto. 

Gov. Scott was asked by Vermont Daily Chronicle: “Critics of S30 say making hospitals gun-free zones actually makes it more vulnerable to a mass-killing shooter because he knows no-one there will be legally carrying firearms. Now that it’s passed both the House and the Senate, what do you think about a possible veto?”

Scott replied: “I believe we need to make sure we continue to evolve with the existing laws we have…. rather than go and make new laws,” Scott said. “I don’t believe we need to change any of our gun laws at this time.”

Scott said he would read and consider the reconciled version of S30 when it reaches his desk, but “at this point in time I have not been in favor of changing any gun laws.”

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  1. The liberals & “progressives” fear ONE thing still and that is being labelled as responsible for the erosion of gun rights in Vermont. Being seen in that manner within this state that holds a very cherished tradition of hunting, freedom for both open & concealed carry, etc. can hurt them BIG time.

    But….Do NOT be fooled. Taking away your gun rights is their ULTIMATE goal, some fear proceeding too quickly so they have been doing so little by little by little. Take a look at what they have already passed in the last handful of years.

    VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So sick of the grandstanding of this freaking Governor. He’ll veto because he knows they’ll override it, otherwise he would have been on the grass signing it with all the TV cameras again.

    Hey look what I did, I took your rights for no apparent reason!

  3. I am hoping the the Senate sees the hatchet job that the House did on their bill, and throw it out entirely. The original bill was a was a solution in search of a problem as it was, the new abomination is an item on a totalitarian socialist’s wish list.

    • Thankfully, not all socialists are totalitarian.
      The Bill of Rights must be preserved intact.
      “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns.” Not so. Criminals will own plenty of guns, and use them. Criminals aren’t honest outlaws simply trying to survive.

      • Tell that to the countless good people who suffered and who still suffer under socialism !

  4. Democrats wanna just keep chipping away at the constitutional guns rights we have….They know the 2nd amendment prevents them from the absolute tyranny they so desire.

  5. Have no doubt, Scott betrayed every Republican and Conservative Vermonter when he signed those three illegal Gun Bills into law on the Statehouse steps. During his first campaign for Governor he swore he would protect Vermonters 2nd Amendment Rights. Not only did he lie, he helped to write those illegal Gun Laws and his passive ” Maybe’s ” don’t mean a thing.
    He said he had to do something because he had a ” Dream. ” His words not mine.
    Ironic though, the kid in Fair Haven had a Shotgun. So the obvious thing to do would be to go after every AR owner in the State.
    It’s all a lie, Scott will pretend once in a while to look out for Vermont Republicans. But anyone that even glances at what he has done to the State can see his left/far left agenda.
    He must be removed from the Republican Party of Vt.
    I have written and introduced a Rule Change to the State GOP Party platform that will do just that.
    And it will be voted on at the next State GOP meeting in March.

  6. the state once known for its strong support of hunting rights is devolving in a socialistic agenda to ban all guns

  7. In one of the poetry groups which I attend someone read a poem about gun owners. The piece portrayed all gun owners as fanatic and ignorant. These sentiments are from people who denounce stereotyping and bigotry. At least supposedly.
    While Antifa and many BLM members possess and carry, legally or not, and shoot unarmed protestors with whom they disagree.
    While Antifa organizers give shooting lessons. Btw, I’m being harassed and threatened for exposing Antifa.

  8. ALL GUN CONTROL UNDER THE 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!

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