Guns / Statehouse 24-Hour Handgun Waiting Period Clears Vermont House

Guns / Statehouse 24-Hour Handgun Waiting Period Clears Vermont House

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File: Taylor Dobbs Alyssa and Rob Black testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. The Vermont House advanced legislation late Wednesday evening that would mandate a 24-hour waiting period before all handgun purchases in the state. The House backed the bill by a vote of 82 to 58 — enough to secure passage, but not enough to override a possible veto by Gov. Phil Scott, who has expressed general opposition to new gun laws. Such an override would require 100 votes in the 150-member House. Rob and Alyssa Black of Essex, whose 23-year-old son Andrew killed himself with a handgun last December just hours after purchasing it , watched the lengthy debate stoically from the rear of the House chamber. Afterward, they hugged supporters and expressed relief and appreciation to legislators. "It was a hard decision, but it was the right decision," Rob Black said of those who backed the bill. “We believe that Gov. Scott has shown time and time again that he’s willing to make courageous decisions,” Alyssa Black said, expressing optimism that he might sign it. “I would hope he would show that again.” Supporters said the bill would help reduce suicides by making impulse gun purchases more difficult, while opponents characterized the legislation as making it harder for people to defend themselves against perpetrators of domestic violence. Because the Senate has already passed an identical version of the bill , it would go straight to Scott’s desk if it clears a final House vote […]

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