Baruth willing to pull safe storage from gun bill, focus on waiting period

Baruth willing to pull safe storage from gun bill, focus on waiting period

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Sen. Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden, center, and Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, of the Senate Judiciary Committee listen to testimony on proposed gun safety regulations during a committee meeting at Vermont Technical College in Randolph on Tuesday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Just hours after a public hearing on a gun bill he is sponsoring, Sen. Philip Baruth , D/P-Chittenden, said he is willing to drop a portion of that legislation. “I have heard a lot of testimony this week that leads me to believe that probably safe storage is not ready to move,” he said during a meeting Wednesday of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It seems to me,” Baruth added, “the better focus for the committee is on the waiting period rather than safe storage.” Baruth is sponsoring S.22 , a bill that includes safe storage requirements for firearms and also calls for establishing a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases. Sen. Dick Sears , D-Bennington, the panel’s chair, said during the Wednesday session that he was not in support of that safe storage provision of the bill. But, Sears said, he was still uncertain on his position on the remainder of the legislation. “I’m not sure how I’m going to vote on a waiting period at this point,” he added. The Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Baruth is a member, held a public hearing on S.22 on Tuesday evening on the campus of Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The hearing drew about 300 people, with a majority of those testifying […]

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