Analysis: Where are the Second Amendment GOP challengers?

Analysis: Where are the Second Amendment GOP challengers?

"I don’t pick winners or losers," Deb Billado told a vehemently anti-Phil Scott crowd Buy Photo Gov. Phil Scott and Republican lawmakers who backed new gun safety laws this year face no challengers in the August primary election, despite warnings from gun rights activists that they would face consequences at the ballot. Also, no Republican registered for the primary in the Chittenden-7-1 district to answer GOP Chairwoman Deb Billado’s call to run against Rep. Martin Lalonde, D-South Burlington, who authored an aborted bid to ban assault weapons this year. The filing deadline for major party candidates was May 31, but the candidate list posted on the Vermont Secretary of State website , last updated at 8 a.m. on June 7, comes with the warning that the list is not yet final. The absence of direct challengers in specific races, however, doesn’t rule out the possibility that candidates in other races have been motivated to run by the gun debate. Some voters see the governor as going back on his stand during his campaign that Vermont needed no new gun laws. Scott’s position changed in February after the arrest of an 18-year-old Poultney man in connection with an alleged mass shooting plot targeting Fair Haven Union High School. Scott faced shouts of “traitor” and “not my governor” as he signed three gun control laws in April on the steps of the Statehouse. Gov. Phil Scott prepares to sign three gun reform bills on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier […]

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