Second lawsuit filed challenging new VT gun regulations

Second lawsuit filed challenging new VT gun regulations

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A new lawsuit is challenging several key provisions in Vermont’s recently-passed gun reform laws. The Gun Owners of Vermont organization is suing the state, claiming provisions in Bill S.55 violate the Vermont Constitution. The provisions targeted in the case are the raised age restrictions, universal background checks and the ban on bump stocks. Ductless Air Conditioning System Best Rated Mattress to Buy The suit claims the regulations violate Vermonters’ rights under Chapter 1, Article 16 of the state constitution. The article reads, "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State." "It’s akin to a ban," said the Gun Owners of Vermont’s attorney, Michael Shane. "It is there contrary to Chapter 1, Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution." Shane said his clients "thought it was important to protect liberties even when they are unpopular." It is the second case challenging the regulations signed into law in April by Gov. Phil Scott (R). The first case, filed in Washington County shortly after the bills were signed, only challenges the ban on high-capacity magazines. The attorney general’s office told NBC 5 it was planning to respond to both suits sometime this fall. "Nothing in these provisions prevents the rights of any Vermonter to use a firearm for self-defense," said Solicitor General Ben Battles. "Similar challenges have been rejected around the country under the federal Constitution." State attorneys urged a judge to throw out the case challenging the magazine ban in July. Neither case […]

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