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January 23, 2014

Vermont: Burlington City Council Holding Final Public Hearing on Gun Control Proposals on Monday

On Monday, January 27, the Burlington City Council will hold its final public hearing to consider three gun control proposals.  City residents will vote on the proposed charter changes on Town Meeting Day, March 4. 
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January 15, 2014

Vermont: Burlington City Council Pushing More Gun Control

This Friday, January 17, the Burlington City Council will hold the first of two public meetings to consider three gun control proposals.  City residents will vote on the proposed charter changes in March. 
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July 1, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen's Act of 2013 Goes into Effect

Last month Governor Peter Shumlin (D) signed into law the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013, House Bill 101.  As amended by the state House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee, this new law will allow Vermonters to carry a handgun for self-defense while bow hunting or dog training, provided that game is not being harvested with the handgun during archery season.
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June 14, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 Signed into Law

Today at the Barre Fish and Game Club, Governor Peter Shumlin (D) ceremonially signed into law the Sportsmen’s Act of 2013, House Bill 101.  As amended by the state House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee, this new law will allow Vermonters to carry a handgun for self-defense while bow hunting or dog training, provided that game is not be harvested with the pistol during archery season.  This law will take effect on July 1, and strengthens bow hunters and dog trainers inherent right to self-defense while afield.  
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May 17, 2013

Vermont: 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns

State lawmakers wrapped up their 2013 legislative session earlier this week in Montpelier with good results for Vermont NRA members.  Several anti-gun bills were introduced in Vermont this year, but none of them advanced beyond committee.  NRA members did a tremendous job of contacting their state legislators to express concerns about legislation that would attack the Second Amendment, and your telephone calls and e-mails made the difference. 
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March 8, 2013

Vermont: Legislative Deadline Looms As Anti-Gun Forces Make Late Push

The Vermont Legislature will hit its “Crossover” deadline on Friday, March 15, their timeline for passing bills from one chamber to the other.   The 2013 session has seen several anti-gun bills introduced in the Legislature, including semi-auto bans, magazine capacity limits, waiting periods and mandatory storage laws, among others.
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February 22, 2013

Vermont: Unnecessary Gun Control Bill Unveiled in Montpelier

House Bill 335 and House Bill 336, both sponsored by Representative George Till (D-Chittenden-3), were introduced this week in the Vermont House of Representatives.  These bills do nothing to address public safety or crime, and they represent yet another attack on the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners.
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February 12, 2013

Vermont: Sportsmen Protection Bill to be Heard in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources will hear House Bill 129.  This NRA-supported bill introduced by state Representative Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden-9-2) would allow bow hunters and dog trainers to carry a handgun for self-defense while in the field.  Currently, Vermont law and hunting regulations prohibit the carrying of a firearm while engaged in bow hunting or dog training.  A growing number of states are amending their laws to allow such a practice.  This bill needs your support, so please contact Committee members in advance of their  9:00 a.m. meeting tomorrow, February 13.
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February 1, 2013

Anti-Gun Vermont Lawmaker Determined to Infringe on Your Constitutional Rights

Earlier this month in Montpelier, Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth withdrew S.32 after NRA members flooded the State House with calls and e-mails in opposition to his proposed semi-auto ban. Undaunted, state Representative Linda Waite-Simpson has launched the second salvo by introducing House Bill 124 and House Bill 125 this week.  Rep. Waite-Simpson has a history of anti-gun activism and annually sponsors a “mandatory firearm storage bill” in Vermont that would force gun owners to lock up their firearms and render them useless for self-defense.
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January 24, 2013

Vermont: Your Calls and E-Mails Made a Difference!

Last week, state Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth introduced Senate Bill 32 , legislation that would have outlawed the manufacture, possession, sale and transfer of thousands of popular semi-automatic firearms and would also ban ammunition magazines which hold more than ten rounds. Thanks to your calls and e-mails, Senator Baruth withdrew this bill from consideration within a week of its introduction.
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January 18, 2013

Vermont State Senator Introduces Legislation to Ban Commonly Owned Semi-Automatic Firearms

State Senator and Majority Leader Philip Baruth has jumped on the bandwagon of exploiting the Connecticut tragedy by introducing legislation that will only affect law-abiding gun owners.  Instead of concentrating on meaningful measures relating to school safety, mental health issues, marketing of violence as entertainment for our children, and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals, Senator Baruth has introduced Senate Bill 32.  This would outlaw the manufacture, possession, sale and transfer of thousands of popular semi-automatic firearms and would also ban ammunition magazines which hold more than ten rounds.
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January 3, 2013

Vermont Update: Burlington City Council to Consider Gun and Magazine Ban Proposal Next Monday

At its next meeting on Monday, January 7, the Burlington City Council will consider a gun ban that targets possession of semi-automatic firearms and magazines by law-abiding gun owners.  This proposed charter change calls for the seizure of all semi-automatic “assault weapons” and magazines by the police, and not only violates the current state firearms preemption statute, but is an irresponsible attack on the property and rights of law-abiding gun owners in Vermont, opening the door to other harmful restrictions of your civil liberties.  Thi City Council meeting will be held at the Burlington City Hall at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 7. Please contact Mayor Miro Weinberger and city councilors TODAY and respectfully urge them to reject this proposed charter change when it is introduced and considered on Monday.
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January 2, 2013

Vermont: Burlington City Council to Consider Gun Ban Proposal

At its next meeting on Monday, January 7, the Burlington City Council will consider a gun ban that targets semi-automatic firearms and opens the door to other harmful Second Amendment restrictions.
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April 14, 2012

Join the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus for an Event on April 17

Chairman Pat Brennan invites you to join members of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus to discuss the issues facing Vermont’s sporting community and ways to help promote and protect rural traditions and way of life.  Feel free to invite family and friends as there is no charge for this event.
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September 21, 2011

Vermont: 2011 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2011 legislative session was a quiet one for Vermont gun owners. However, a few anti-gun bills were introduced and defeated through inaction.
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March 24, 2011

Gun Control Forum Scheduled for Tomorrow at the Vermont State House

Vermont gun control advocates have invited a Harvard professor to discuss "gun safety," and event organizers have gone so far as to politicize the tragic shooting of Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in their push for mandatory storage laws in Vermont. Dr. David Hemenway, who they proclaim is the nation's leading expert on firearm death and injury in their press release, will be on hand to equate teen suicides with mandatory storage laws currently being introduced in the Vermont Legislature.
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February 17, 2011

Legislation to Require Mandatory Firearm Storage Proposed in Vermont

Sponsored by state Representative Waite-Simpson (D-Essex), House Bill 83 would undermine a citizen’s right to self-defense by imposing onerous storage requirements on Vermont gun owners, rendering firearms useless in self-defense situations. H. 83 would require households with children to store their firearms unloaded with an installed trigger lock and in a locked container.
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May 28, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Signed by Governor!

On Wednesday, May 26, Governor Jim Douglas (R) signed H. 243 into law.
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April 30, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk in Vermont!

On Friday, April 30, the Vermont State House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 243. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jim Douglas (R) for his consideration.
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April 27, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Passes Senate, Returns to House for Concurrence in Vermont

On Tuesday, April 27, the Vermont Senate passed House Bill 243 by a vote of 28-1. The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence.
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April 26, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Needs Your Support!

The Vermont Senate could consider House Bill 243 as early as tomorrow.
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April 23, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Headed to the Senate Floor!

On Friday, April 23, House Bill 243 passed the Senate Finance Committee and now heads to the Senate Floor.
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April 16, 2010

Mentored Hunting Bill Advancing in Vermont!

House Bill 243 was passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee by a vote of 4-1. The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
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April 9, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill Still Pending in Committee

House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), is still pending in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. H. 243 would establish a mentored hunting license that would allow prospective hunters to try their hand at hunting before being compelled to complete a hunter education course. Apprentice hunters would have to be directly supervised in the field by a mentor who is at least 21 years-old and who holds a valid hunting license. Experience in more than two-dozen other states with these laws shows that this kind of mentored hunting programs are exceptionally safe and will bring many new hunters into the field. There is no reason to believe that the citizens of Vermont will prove to be the exception to this outstanding track record.
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April 6, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Legislation Currently Pending Consideration

House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), is currently pending consideration in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
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April 2, 2010

Vermont: Mentored Hunting Bill to be Heard Tuesday, April 6!

House Bill 243 will be heard in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. This important mentored hunting legislation has proven an effective way to draw those interested in hunting to our fields and forests by allowing them to participate with experienced hunters. More then two-dozen other states already have some type of mentored hunter program, and this legislation seeks to give those in Vermont that same opportunity. As a result of this legislation, more citizens will complete hunter education and join the hunting ranks as a result. Please contact members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and respectfully urge them to support H. 243.
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March 26, 2010

Vermont's Mentored Hunting Bill Needs Your Support!

Please Contact the Members of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee! House Bill 243, introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), is currently awaiting...
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March 19, 2010

Vermont Mentored Hunting Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate

On Thursday, March 18, the Vermont House passed H. 243, a bill that would establish a mentored hunting license that would allow prospective hunters to try their hand at hunting before completing a hunter education course. Apprentice hunters would have to be directly supervised in the field by a mentor who is at least 21 years-old and who holds a valid hunting license.
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March 12, 2010

Vermont: Ammunition Bill Defeated

House Bill 484, a bill that had the potential to ban the sale and use of virtually all ammunition in Vermont by requiring that the Secretary of Natural Resources to set up a program to identify and ban the distribution of certain toxic chemicals, was defeated in the House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee. Due in part to an outpouring of opposition from sportsmen, the original far-reaching bill was replaced with a resolution asking Congress to take action to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to require broader testing and regulation of chemicals. Please continue checking your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates on other pending legislative issues.
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March 12, 2010

Vermont Mentored Hunting Bill on the Move!

HB 243 passed out of the Committee on Ways and Means and could be brought up as early as next week for a vote on the House Floor.
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March 5, 2010

Vermont Mentored Hunting Bill Needs Your Support!

Please Contact Your State Legislators Today! Introduced by State Representative Steve Adams (R-Windsor-4), House Bill 243 would establish a mentored hunting license that would allow...
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February 26, 2010

Vermont: Update on Bill That Could Outlaw All Ammunition

As we have reported, the House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee is currently considering H. 484, legislation that could potentially ban the sale and use of virtually all ammunition in Vermont.
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January 28, 2010

Proposed Legislation Could Ban All Ammunition in Vermont!

The House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee is currently considering legislation (H. 484) which could potentially ban the sale and use of virtually all ammunition in Vermont.
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January 7, 2010

Vermont Legislature Reconvenes, Anti-Gun Bill Already Introduced

The Vermont State Legislature reconvened in Montpelier this week for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session. One piece of anti-gun legislation has already been introduced.
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May 15, 2009

Gun Owners Enjoy Another Positive Session in Vermont!

As the 2009 state’s Legislative Session comes to a close in Vermont, pro-gun enthusiasts can take credit for gaining ground against animal rights extremists who sought to infringe on Second Amendment rights. Attempts to outlaw “coyote contests” with SB 113 were rebuffed. HB 313 legalizes the purchase of long guns from non-contiguous states. Thank you to all those who contacted their legislators during the session for making your voices heard on these important issues.
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May 6, 2009

Two Important Bills Pending Action in Vermont!

As the legislative session in Montpelier winds down, two bills of importance to Vermont’s gun owners and sportsmen are currently pending action.
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April 9, 2009

Vermont: Anti-Hunting Measure Pending Action in Montpelier

Senate Bill 113, sponsored by State Senator Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden), is currently in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Senator Lyons, the bill sponsor and Committee Chair, plans to move this bill forward in Committee.
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March 27, 2009

Legislative Update for the Green Mountain State

Numerous firearm-related bills are currently pending action in Montpelier.
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January 9, 2009

Vermont Legislature Reconvenes with New House Speaker

The Vermont State Legislature reconvened in Montpelier this week for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session, with members of the House electing a new Speaker, State Representative Shap Smith (D-Lamoille-Washington-1).
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April 20, 2007

NRA-ILA Protects Vermont’s Shooters from Lead Ban!

Thanks to a successful grassroots campaign by NRA, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and other Vermont-based sportsmen's groups, important new protections have been proposed as a committee amendment to H.352. As introduced, this bill would have banned lead in ammunition and opened ammunition manufacturers, shooters, reloaders, and shooting ranges to expensive litigation.
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