Vermont raises age to buy guns, makes it easer to take guns from dangerous people

A Ruger AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on display with other rifles on a wall in a gun shop Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, in Lynnwood, Wash. Vermont governor’s office website MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat — the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the largely rural state that traditionally has refused to impose restrictions on gun ownership. Standing on the Statehouse steps, Gov. Phil Scott signed the three bills into law before a crowd of gun rights activists and supporters of gun control. "This is not the time to do what’s easy, it’s time to do what’s right," the governor said. Scott, a gun owner, had urged the Legislature to pass gun restrictions in […]

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