‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ effort seeks Vermont support

‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ effort seeks Vermont support

A nonbinding Gun Owners of Vermont resolution supports “the safe and responsible use of firearms” for such purposes as hunting, promoted here in a sporting goods store display. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger Nearly a dozen communities and counting have approved a nonbinding Gun Owners of Vermont resolution declaring themselves a “sanctuary” from further government restrictions on firearms. “The town hereby recognizes the inalienable rights of all persons within its boundaries to keep and bear arms as described by both Article Sixteen of the Vermont Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America,” the resolution states in part. The grassroots group notes that because state law prohibits localities from regulating firearms and ammunition, “these resolutions are non-legally binding and purely symbolic.” “We do not seek to create litigation, nor do we encourage anyone to break the law,” it says in a statement on its website. “Rather we encourage this as a symbolic act of civil disobedience to help our voices be heard.” Gun Owners of Vermont, which promotes a “no-compromise position against gun control,” is pushing the resolution as a string of mass shootings is spurring calls for more legislation at the state and federal level. “Gun owners are a very independent bunch — we don’t like being told what to do,” group president Eric Davis of Roxbury says. “People are getting frustrated we’re not being listened to. We’d like to adopt this resolution to get the message out.” The group has secured the […]

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