Should Vermont have a 24-hour waiting period to buy a handgun?

Should Vermont have a 24-hour waiting period to buy a handgun?

Gun Rights

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Should Vermonters have to wait 24 hours before buying a handgun? The state Senate recently said ‘yes’, and the House will likely have its say in the near future. The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing about that in Montpelier Tuesday evening. Supporters of Senate Bill 169 say the measure would do a great deal to prevent suicides. Opponents claim it wouldn’t do so, but that it would infringe upon gun rights. Most of the people inside the Vermont House chamber were wearing hunter orange. They were there to oppose Senate Bill 169. A woman from Waitsfield says a 24-hour waiting period before buying a handgun would accomplish nothing, except to inconvenience law-abiding citizens. "Suicide is a symptom of an illness, as is the problem of every school shooter that has killed in gun-free zones," Marie Leotta said. "The only one winning here is an anti-self-defense mindset that guns are the problem, not the people." A sporting goods store owner from Poultney says the state’s high rate of firearm ownership, combined with robust gun safety education programs, provide another reason why he believes a waiting period isn’t needed. "2017 FBI crime stats — the latest available — show that Vermont has the second-lowest violent crime rate in the nation," Martin VanBuren, Jr. said. "Maine is lowest; New Hampshire is the third-lowest." Rob Black of Essex, whose 23-year-old son, Andrew, committed suicide with a handgun in December, testified in favor of the waiting period bill. He […]

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