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Vermont: Law-Abiding Gun Owners and Hunters are Being Targeted Once Again

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vermont: Law-Abiding Gun Owners and Hunters are Being Targeted Once Again

The Green Mountain State is once again firmly in the crosshairs of gun control extremists.  Now that the legislative session is fully underway, anti-gun groups are aggressively pushing their national agenda in Vermont.  Although “universal” background checks were firmly rejected early in the 2015 session, the gun grabbers are back pushing their scheme with a vengeance.   

In last Fall’s gubernatorial election, Sue Minter made gun control her top campaign issue and was soundly defeated (losing by a margin even greater than the polls predicted), but anti-gun advocates are undeterred and continue to push their unpopular and dangerous agenda on law-abiding Vermonters.  “Universal” background checks also met their demise in the 2016 elections in neighboring Maine, where voters in that state rejected former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s multi-million dollar campaign against lawful gun owners.

Tone deaf proponents of this failed idea are busy at the Statehouse in Montpelier.  S.6, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth, was introduced shortly after the gavel fell convening session in January.  This legislation is completely unnecessary and would do nothing to improve public safety.  The Vermont House just recently introduced their version of the bill, H.151, sponsored by Reps. Michael Mrowiki and Johannah Donovan.  Under current federal law, every firearm transfer conducted by a federally licensed dealer must already clear a background check.  The bill ignores the fact that Vermont is one of the safest states in the country, and its gun laws are already a model for the rest of the country.  There is nothing “universal” about these checks because criminals do not submit to background checks.  This legislation would do nothing more than pass along more expense and bureaucratic hurdles to honest private citizens and is completely unenforceable without requiring gun registration.   

In addition to this extreme and unpopular anti-gun law, well known anti-hunting groups like HSUS are again converging in Montpelier to ban ivory.  H.220, sponsored by Reps. James McCollough and Kathyrn Webb, would ban ivory products in Vermont.  Ivory is already heavily regulated at the federal level, and the vast majority of the illegal ivory market exists in Southeast Asia.  This Vermont bill would do nothing to stop illegal poaching in Africa, but it would render valuable property held by gun owners, knife owners, musicians, antique dealers, and art dealers worthless.

Please contact your state Representative and state Senator and respectfully ask them to oppose these bad bills.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

Early this month, members of the gun-control group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence met at a “Manhattan Summit” and took the time to express their dismay and alarm over federal bills proposing national concealed carry reciprocity. ...

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

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