Public testimony passionate on both sides on gun purchase waiting period

Public testimony passionate on both sides on gun purchase waiting period

Gun Rights

Members of the House Judiciary Committee listen to testimony on a proposed waiting period for firearm purchases during a public hearing at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening. From left are Rep. Martin LaLonde, D-South Burlington; Rep. Ken Goslant, R-Northfield; and Rep. Nader Hashim, D-Dummerston. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Bill Martin of Springfield talked of hunting as a teenager and of the guns he owned in the past as he urged Vermont lawmakers to extend a proposed waiting period for handgun sales, punctuating his call with his own personal story. He told those gathered at the Statehouse for a public hearing on Tuesday evening that he was recounting what he hadn’t even told others, including those closest to him, about a time he contemplated suicide and planned to do it with a long gun. However, Martin said, he had time to reflect, and he wants others to have that chance, too. “I’m here to talk about it,” he told members of the House Judiciary Committee during a public hearing on firearms legislation. Martin asked lawmakers to expand on a measure, S.169 , that last month passed the Senate and sets a 24-hour waiting period for handguns only. He pushed lawmakers for a longer waiting period of 72 hours, and to include all firearms, including long guns. Martin was one of many people who spoke out Tuesday evening for and against the waiting period legislation during the public hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd to the House chambers. Supporters of the […]

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