I am a gun owner and I support the firearm legislation the Governor signed in the last session. Two of the laws are public safety laws which enable Extreme Risk Prevention orders and temporary confiscation of guns at domestic assaults. The third law:
- expands background checks to cover most firearm transactions
- bans bump stocks
- raises purchase age to 21, or 18 with completion of a hunter safety course
- prohibits new high capacity magazines.
These regulations are not anti-gun any more than speed limits and learner’s permits are anti-car. They are reasonable and constitutional regulation of deadly weapons. A VPR/PBS poll in July 2018 showed 67% of Vermonters support these measures.
In addition, the state continues to allocate money to improve school safety and to refine E-911 coverage. Because we recognize that gun violence and suicide have many causes, the legislature is also addressing those causes by expanding mental health treatment and addressing childhood trauma.
I continue to support harm reduction in all forms, whether it be suicide and domestic violence prevention or ensuring that firearms owners are educated and responsible. Is this a quote? Do we use an image?