Gun wait-time compromise debated at Vt. Statehouse

Gun wait-time compromise debated at Vt. Statehouse

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VtDigger Print Bill Martin of Springfield talked of hunting as a teenager and of the guns he owned in the past as he urged Vermont lawmakers to extend a proposed waiting period for handgun sales, punctuating his call with his own personal story. He told those gathered at the Statehouse for a public hearing on Tuesday evening that he was recounting what he hadn’t even told others, including those closest to him, about a time he contemplated suicide and planned to do it with a long gun. However, Martin said, he had time to reflect, and he wants others to have that chance, too. “I’m here to talk about it,” he told members of the House Judiciary Committee during a public hearing on firearms legislation. Martin asked lawmakers to expand on Senate Bill 169 that last month passed the Senate and sets a 24-hour waiting period for handguns only. He pushed lawmakers for a longer waiting period of 72 hours, and to include all firearms, including long guns. Martin was one of many people who spoke out on Tuesday evening for and against the waiting period legislation during the public hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd to the House chambers. Supporters of the legislation waited in line for an hour to sign up to speak and entered the building from a left entrance. Opponents of the proposed bill waited, signed up and came in from an entrance on the right of the building. While speakers alternated in two-minute bursts […]

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