Gov. Phil Scott Vetoes Gun Purchase Waiting Period Bill

Gov. Phil Scott Vetoes Gun Purchase Waiting Period Bill

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Gov. Phil Scott vetoed S.169, which would have created a 24-hour waiting period for gun sales in Vermont. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed legislation that would have made Vermont the 10th state in the country to institute a waiting period for gun sales. Supporters of the legislation, called S.169, said the 24-hour waiting period approved by lawmakers earlier this year would have reduced suicide rates in Vermont by protecting residents from impulsive acts of self-harm. Scott said Monday, however, that Vermont has already enacted numerous restrictions on gun ownership during his tenure. He said universal background checks, raising the legal age to purchase a gun to 21 years old, and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines — all of which Scott signed into law last year — sufficiently address the supply-side of the gun-violence problem. “With these measures in place, we must now prioritize strategies that address the underlying causes of violence and suicide,” Scott said in a written statement announcing his veto . “I do not believe S.169 addresses these areas.” The waiting-period bill moved to the top of the Senate’s legislative agenda this year after a 23-year-old Essex man took his own life last December with a handgun he’d purchased from a local gun shop just hours before he died. Andrew Black’s parents, Alyssa and Rob Black, told lawmakers their son was a “happy kid” who became suddenly despondent after seeing a social media post. A waiting period for gun sales, they told legislators, […]

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