Gun rights advocates pack public hearing on Vermont firearms bills

Gun rights advocates pack public hearing on Vermont firearms bills

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Video RANDOLPH, Vt. – Dozens of gun rights advocates clad in hunter orange attended a public hearing Tuesday evening on several firearms bills being discussed by Vermont lawmakers. While five bills are currently under review, Bill S.22 was the center of discussion for a majority of Vermonters who testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation would create a 48-hour waiting period for all firearms sales and introduce new restrictions on firearm storage. "We are being told that we need to limit our rights for the health and welfare of others," said Milton resident Scott Champman. "This is nothing but discrimination for anyone who wants to exercise their second amendment rights." Edward Gilbert Jr. of Barre testifies before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Many of the gun rights advocates at Tuesday’s hearing wore pearl necklaces. Last week, several Republican members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives wore them during a hearing on gun control. Several people who testified at that hearing said they felt mocked by the necklaces, adding that it implied activists were "clutching their pearls." While the majority of people who testified Tuesday opposed gun control legislation, several supporters took to the microphone amidst the crowd of orange shirts. "Suicide is a community health issue, and the good news is that suicide can often be prevented," said Laurie Emerson, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont. "That’s why we’re calling on you as Vermont lawmakers to pass common sense […]

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