Poll Shows Widespread Support For New Gun Laws

Poll Shows Widespread Support For New Gun Laws

Amid boos and cheers, Gov. Phil Scott signed three pieces of gun control legislation on the front steps of the Statehouse in April. The VPR-Vermont PBS poll shows Vermonters by and large approve of the law. Gov. Phil Scott came under fire from gun-rights advocates when he signed a sweeping gun bill earlier this year, but the VPR-Vermont PBS Poll shows two-thirds of Vermonters support the new law. Audio for this story will be posted. Williston resident Polly Malick is among the 603 Vermonters surveyed in the poll . Malick doesn’t own a firearm herself, but she says she respects the tradition of gun ownership in Vermont. What concerns Malick, she says, is the relative ease with which people can acquire semi-automatic weapons in this state. And she says mass shootings across the United States underscore the need for stricter gun laws. “Yeah, I’m for gun restriction,” Malick says. “And I think the only way it can get done is through legislation.” Malick is among the large majority of Vermonters who, according to the poll, support an expansive gun bill signed into law by Scott back in April. The legislation included universal background checks, a limit on magazine capacity, and a ban on bump stocks. It also raised the legal age to purchase a gun to 21 years old. "I think there’s going to be a political price to pay for not supporting gun safety legislation. And I think we’re going to see that at both the state level […]

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