How Vermont’s NRA A-rated governor was ‘shocked’ into backing new gun laws

How Vermont’s NRA A-rated governor was ‘shocked’ into backing new gun laws

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott speaks before signing gun-control bills in Montpelier, Vt., on Wednesday. (Cheryl Senter/AP) Surrounded by gun-control opponents heckling him outside the Vermont State House on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed into law the most restrictive gun-control measures in the state’s history. While some had come to thank him, Scott knew that many there who voted for him based in part on his A-grade rating from the NRA were “disappointed and angry” with him, he said. Some yelled “Traitor!” and “BS!” as he tried to assure them that the laws he was about to sign were not intended to “take away your guns — period.” Others told him he had lost their votes and brandished signs that said “One Term Gov” and “Not My Governor.” But it was clear from his remarks that Scott had already considered all of that. Two months ago, after police […]

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