Bloomberg Backed Gun Bill Dead in Vermont

By Dean Weingarten

Vermont Capitol Building
Vermont Capitol Building

 

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- A bill  pushed by Everytown for Gun Sense, a Mike Bloomberg funded operation, has floundered against intense grassroots opposition in Vermont.

Vermont has some of the least infringements on second amendment rights in the country.  Vermont always had constitutional carry, with no permit required, for its entire history.  Vermont has always had one of the lowest crime rates in the country.   From burlingtonfreepress.com, a Gannet company:

Supporters of the bill faced strong headwinds, including the opposition of Gov. Peter Shumlin and pushback from Vermont's hunters and police chiefs. The most controversial provision would have required almost all private gun sales to go through a federally licensed firearms dealer and a background check.

“S.31 is not on the table,” said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a discussion Wednesday morning. “Quite frankly, it's dead.”

A commenter on the article, Alex Knight made this victory statement:

  Freedom and individualism has won, tyranny and collectivism has failed. Bloomberg and your minions, GET OUT. And leave Vermonters and their freedoms ALONE!

One of the principle grass roots organizations opposed to the bill was gunownersofVermont.org.  As with most second amendment supporters, they concentrated on facts and logic.  Here is some of the testimony(pdf) that they presented to the legislature, concerning Vermont's stellar record of responsible, unfettered, gun ownership:

There are also millions of firearms in Vermont that have been purchased over the previous 200 years, yet Vermont is consistently the safest state in the nation, and we are comparable to Switzerland, long held to be one of the safest places in the world. The anti-gun crowd would have you believe that there is something wrong with Vermont’s laws that needs to be “fixed”, and that the citizens of Vermont can no longer be trusted. For over 200 years, Vermonters have responsibly owned, traded and used firearms for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense against man and beast, yet now, this centuries old tradition is being challenged by out-of-state voices and money.

Legislatures are afraid of media campaigns financed by billionaires.  They are subject to being influenced by large campaign donations.  But they fear energized and organized constituents more.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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I myself have wondered how Vermonters can keep sending Sanders back to the Senate. I guess the only way he’ll leave that post is the same way Swimmer Ted left his – in a coffin.

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Because Burlington and Chittenden County are our largest electorates and it is like NYC casting votes for SAFE ACT yet all upstate NY not wanting it. Or, better yet, like the difference between Northern California and Southern. We can’t control what the liberals do upstate. Leahy, Sanders and even Welch are an embarrassment to our state.
Period! Don, where are you from and how does your state vote; and, who are your elected officials? Don’t judge our state by our Washington senators for life.

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If you folks in Vermont value your 2nd amendment rights, then why do you put such anti gun extremists like Lahey and Sanders in the senate? Both are lying socialists who not only want to confiscate your guns but are contemptious of the entire bill of rights. They also vote to confirm federal judges that will eagerly destroy your rights. Vote those 2 marxist bums out.

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I’ve been disabled since 2002 and robbed 4 time’s before I GOT MY PERMIT AND NOTING SINCE NO THANKS TO THE SO CALLED POLICE !!!!!!! WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR OWN SAFETY TO HEART AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT HELPS US DO JUST THAT !!!!! GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE , PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE AND IF THEY TAKE OUR GUNS AWAY ONLY THE BAD PEOPLE HAVE THEM AND THE POLICE GOOD AND BAD ONE’S !!! ( not to long ago I had a diabetic black out coming home from the store not 2 blokes from my house and I hit a fire… Read more »

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GOOD FOR YOU KIRK DAWKINS! THAT’S GREAT! I’m GLAD YOUR PACKING AND KEEPING THE BAD GUYS IN CHECK! GOD BLESS YOU! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! I HOPE YOUR FEELING BETTER. KEEP IT IN THE 10 RING!

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GOOD FOR YOU KIRK DAWKINS! THAT’S GREAT! I’m GLAD YOUR PACKING AND KEEPING THE BAD GUYS IN CHECK! GOD BLESS YOU! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! I HOPE YOUR FEELING BETTER. KEEP IT IN THE 10 RING! I know you’ve got a lot of issues medically, but keep up the good fight! We all need to or our country will be destroyed. Our right’s taken our constitution torn up!! Not while I’m alive! That’s great for Vermont for sure. However they have two senators that need to be kicked out of office! Lahey and Sanders both need a ticket out of… Read more »