Proponents say veto of gun waiting bill will cost lives

Proponents say veto of gun waiting bill will cost lives

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Proponents of a Vermont bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns say the veto by the Republican governor was a political move that will cost the lives of people contemplating suicide and victims of domestic violence. The veto Monday by Gov. Phil Scott also drew condemnation from Democratic leaders of both the Vermont House and Senate, which both passed legislation last month that contained the waiting period and a change to an unintended consequence of separate gun legislation signed into law by the governor last year. While gun rights activists said they appreciate Scott’s veto, they are still upset by a series of gun control measures signed by the governor last year. "This was nothing else but politics," said Clai Lasher-Sommers, of the group Gun Sense Vermont, which had supported the legislation partly as a way to reduce the number of people who use firearms to take their own lives and prevent guns from being used in cases of domestic violence. "When I went to bed, I just started crying," Lasher-Sommers said Tuesday. "I know in my heart this bill would save lives." In his veto message, Scott said he did not believe the legislation’s waiting period would address the underlying causes of violence. Instead, he pointed to the gun control legislation he signed last year that expanded background checks for gun purchases, increased the age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, made it easier to take firearms from […]

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