Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Vermont: Veto Session Officially Concludes 2017 Session

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vermont:  Veto Session Officially Concludes 2017 Session

Lawmakers returned to Montpelier on June 21 to pass the state budget and wrap up the 2017 legislative session.  Vermont gun owners had another successful year in blocking the agenda of local anti-gun surrogates who have been propped up and bankrolled by large out-of-state anti-gun groups like those led by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

The anti-gun rhetoric and battles have been growing in Montpelier the last several years.  In 2015, anti-gun groups aggressively pushed legislation to implement so-called ”universal” background checks (UBC), but that bill ultimately sputtered and failed to gain traction after pro-gun supporters packed the Statehouse in opposition.  After that stinging defeat, the gun control advocates took a break from their misguided agenda in 2016, trying to build up support.  In doing so, they also moved away from UBC (for the moment at least), trying to desperately pick up a win in 2017.  They shifted gears and set their sights on imposing legislation that would continue to burden law-abiding gun owners under the guise of “domestic violence.”  As a result, H.422 was introduced by Representative Maxine Grad.  The House narrowly passed the bill, however it failed to move in the Senate.

In addition to this year’s major anti-gun bill (H.422), gun owners were also able to avoid bills which would have restricted lead ammunition, banned ivory, banned magazines and circumvented the Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights.  These successes can all be attributed to the tremendous outpouring of support from the Vermont firearms community.  The official NRA state association, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, did a fantastic job of maintaining a daily presence at the Statehouse and turning out activists at critical times.

While these results are encouraging, now is not the time to become complacent.  Gun owners should fully expect to resume these battles in January 2018.  Although many of these bills failed to advanced, they were not defeated with a vote, which means they carry over into the following year of the biennium.  Again, thank you to all of our members who contacted their legislators this session.  Please continue to follow these alerts for the latest information regarding your Second Amendment rights in the state of Vermont.  

TRENDING NOW
Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales

H.R. 8, which would criminalize the private transfer of firearms, has received significant attention from the gun rights community. However, H.R. 1112, which purportedly targets the inappropriately-named “Charleston loophole,” is just as insidious an attack ...

Washington: Hearing for Bill to Expand Gun Seizures Without Due Process

Monday, February 18, 2019

Washington: Hearing for Bill to Expand Gun Seizures Without Due Process

On February 19th, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be holding an executive session on Senate Bill 5745 to expand the circumstances under which Second Amendment rights may be revoked without ...

H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation

The Nancy Pelosi Speaker Era 2.0 continued on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a markup of H.R 8, the “universal” background checks bill, in the House Judiciary Committee. Following on the heels of last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing, the same committee held a markup on ...

Texas: Setting the Record Straight On "Red Flag" Legislation

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Texas: Setting the Record Straight On "Red Flag" Legislation

Over the holiday weekend, a conservative "taxpayer watchdog" group sent out an email to its contact list which gave the impression that NRA-ILA supports "red flag" legislation in Texas.  One wonders what the organization hoped to accomplish by confusing and attempting to divide ...

Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality

A study published in Preventative Medicine by Yu Lu and Jeff R. Temple concludes that “the majority of mental health symptoms examined were not related to gun violence. Instead, access to firearms was the primary culprit.”

California: City of Los Angeles Discriminates Against NRA Supporters

Friday, February 15, 2019

California: City of Los Angeles Discriminates Against NRA Supporters

This week, the City Council Members of Los Angeles showed their extreme distain of the Second Amendment, the NRA and our supporters.  On February 12, the City Council held the first reading of a proposed ordinance that ...

Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland

News  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the terrible crimes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It was a somber occasion, but some media outlets couldn’t contain their glee this week that ...

Ohio: Legislative Fix Introduced to Correct Drafting Error

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ohio: Legislative Fix Introduced to Correct Drafting Error

The Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee could soon consider Senate Bill 53. 

Maryland: 2019 Legislative Session Begins with a Slew of Anti-Gun Bills Introduced

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Maryland: 2019 Legislative Session Begins with a Slew of Anti-Gun Bills Introduced

With the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session underway, gun control groups have made the General Assembly a target for their anti-gun agenda. 

South Dakota: Senate to Vote on Enhanced Preemption Legislation Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

South Dakota: Senate to Vote on Enhanced Preemption Legislation Tomorrow

Today, the Senate State Affairs Committee passed Enhanced Preemption Legislation, House Bill 1056, by an 8 to 1 vote.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.