In 2018, Vermont lawmakers made history by passing six bill to address gun violence prevention issues. They created an extreme risk protection order, prohibited the possession of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, authorized law enforcement to remove firearms from domestic abusers, and required background checks on all firearm sales.
In 2019, the Legislature also passed a Waiting Period bill, which would have created a lapse between firearm purchase and physical possession in order to reduce the occurrence of impulsive acts of gun violence. Governor Scott ultimately vetoed the Waiting Period bill legislation. To become a safer state, Vermont should close the Charleston loophole, enact legislation to protect domestic violence survivors and require a waiting period after the sale of a firearm.
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