Pro-gun activists muster in South Burlington

Pro-gun activists muster in South Burlington

Free Press editor Emilie Stigliani and reporter Nicole Higgins DeSmet discuss the morning’s top headlines. Buy Photo SOUTH BURLINGTON – About 150 gun-rights activists, many of them bearing arms, rallied Saturday afternoon along Shelburne Road near Kmart Plaza. The honk-and-wave demonstration was staged to protest new Vermont firearms regulations that undercut state and federal constitutional guarantees, said Christopher Covey of Williamstown, who organized the rally. Buy Photo Covey was among many in attendance with a holstered pistol on display — and his possession of the .45 semiautomatic was fully compliant with state law, he said. Despite the armament, the tone of the rally was cheerful and without overt menace, true to Covey’s prediction. Several South Burlington Police officers watched for several minutes as participants gathered at the Kmart lot. Despite it being private property, said Lt. Shawn Demore, "no one from ownership has expressed concern about this being held […]

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