Vermont Gun Owners and Retailers Seek to Nullify New State Weapons Regulations

Vermont Gun Owners and Retailers Seek to Nullify New State Weapons Regulations

If now ye suffer grievously through cowardice all your own, Cherish no wrath against the gods for this, For you yourselves increased the usurper’s power by giving him your guard in his hands, And now, therefore, as his servants you must do as he commands. — Solon, the Lawgiver of Athens, circa 560 B.C. Gun owners in Vermont refuse to allow government on any level to infringe on their right to keep and bear arms, as protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In pleadings filed last week, the Gun Owners of Vermont, joined by several gun and ammunition retailers, are challenging a state law requiring a Federal Firearms License (FFL) for all transfers of weapons, including “privately and legally owned firearms.” Additionally, the complaint seeks a judicial ruling declaring a statute unconstitutional for its prohibition on the sale and possession of so-called “bump-fire” stocks. Lastly, the suit seeks to nullify the state’s minimum age requirement — 21 years-old — to purchase a weapon. According to the group’s website, the Gun Owners of Vermont is “a non-partisan pro-gun organization, committed to a no-compromise position on firearms ownership rights,” with a mission “to supply facts to members about pro-gun and anti-gun legislation, legislators’ voting records, statements, and to lobby on the state level.” The state statutes being challenged by the Gun Owners of Vermont violate Article 16 of the state constitution, which reads: “The people have a right to bear arms for the defence [sic] of themselves and […]

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