Expanded Background Check Bill in Vermont Officially DEAD

February 26 2015
by GSL Staff
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It looks like Vermont’s proposed expanded background check bill is officially dead in committee.

The Democratic chairman (surprise right?!) essentially declared that the bill will be dying in committee, never even making it to a floor vote in the state legislature.

According to local media reports:

Supporters of the bill faced strong headwinds, including the opposition of Gov. Peter Shumlin and pushback from Vermont’s hunters and police chiefs. The most controversial provision would have required almost all private gun sales to go through a federally licensed firearms dealer and a background check.

“S.31 is not on the table,” said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a discussion Wednesday morning. “Quite frankly, it’s dead.”

So instead of considering the full bill, the Judiciary Committee took testimony on just one piece: a proposed state law that would prohibit gun possession for people with certain types of criminal history, similar to an existing federal law.

It looks like Vermont will continue to have some of the best gun laws in the nation at the state level.

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