For handgun waiting period legislation, Gov. Scott’s desk is one vote away

For handgun waiting period legislation, Gov. Scott’s desk is one vote away

Gun Rights

Alyssa and Rob Black, the parents of Andrew Black, testify in favor of a waiting period for firearm purchases before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. Andrew Black committed suicide hours after buying a handgun in 2018. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger After being watered down in the Senate, sitting in a House committee for seven weeks, and finally passing easily on the House floor, legislation requiring a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases is one vote away from Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. After a compromise was struck in the Senate Judiciary Committee in March, passage through the rest of the Statehouse was likely — if Democratic House leadership let it move to the floor. On Wednesday they did, and the bill passed easily: 82-58. It is scheduled for a final vote Thursday. “The bill is a good balance of protecting Second Amendment rights and public safety and public health,” said House Judiciary Chair Rep. Maxine Grad after the vote. “I think there’s something for everybody, in a sense.” Some House Republicans found little to like about the bill, but their support was never expected. The wild card is the governor, who has said he sees no need for new gun control laws, and is unconvinced that a firearm purchase waiting period would save lives. The 82 votes in the House is not enough to override a veto, meaning he has the ability to stop the bill from passing into law. “Letting it go into law is the key,” said […]

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