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Vermont: Burlington City Council to Consider Gun Ban Proposal

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.  Please contact Mayor Weinberger and the city councilors today and respectfully urge them to reject this unnecessary attack on the Second Amendment rights of responsible Vermont gun owners. 

Sponsored by Councilor Norman Blais (D - Ward 6), this assault on the constitutional rights of Vermonters also represents a direct attack on Vermont’s firearms preemption statute, 24 VSA Section 2295, commonly called the Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.  If Burlington adopts the charter changes members of the city council and the mayor seek, Vermont’s firearms preemption statute will be clearly violated.  This dangerous precedent will also open the door to further restrictions by other municipalities across Vermont.  The state firearms preemption law was enacted to prevent a confusing patchwork of varying and conflicting local gun control laws and hunting regulations which could unwittingly ensnare and criminalize lawful gun owners.

Vermont has a long and proud history of gun ownership and a rich hunting heritage.  Vermont also enjoys one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country.  Please respectfully urge your mayor and city councilors to reject this unnecessary attack on the Second Amendment rights of responsible Vermont gun owners.  Rather, the mayor and council members should demand enforcement of the volumes of laws already on the books, rather than adopting new laws that only affect and penalize lawful hunters, sport shooters and gun owners.

Please contact Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at 802-865-7272 and mayor@burlingtonvt.gov.

Contact information for your city councilor is provided here.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on this matter.

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