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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.

74 In an average year, 74 people die by guns in Vermont.
45% The rate of gun deaths in Vermont increased 45 percent from 2009 to 2018.
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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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