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Vermont Gov. Caves, Signs Ban on Private Gun Sales After Campaigning on No New Gun Control

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has caved and signed a ban on private on gun sales after running a gubernatorial campaign in which he rejected the need for more gun control.

The legislation banning private gun sales also bans the sale of “high capacity” magazines and bump stocks. And it raises the age for long gun purchases to 21 throughout the state.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the “high capacity” magazine ban limits rifle magazines to 10 rounds and handgun magazines to 15 rounds.

Scott pointed to a foiled attack on Vermont’s Fair Haven Union High School as justification for placing new gun controls on law-abiding Vermont residents. He did not mention that the alleged 18-year-old, would-be Fair Haven attacker purchased his shotgun at retail, not privately. Moreover, his allegedly plan did not includes bump stocks or “high capacity” magazines.

Scott’s support for gun control comes after he rejected calls for gun control during his gubernatorial campaign. On June 22, 2016, he told Vermont Public Radio, “I don’t believe that we need more gun restrictions in Vermont at this time. I think we should enforce the ones we have. I think we should focus more on safety and gun education, but also addressing the violence problem that is systemic across the country – and I don’t have the answers for that, but that’s what’s driving this frustration, this outrage.”

He added, “It’s alarming, the horrific acts are alarming. But from my standpoint, I don’t believe we need to change our gun laws in Vermont … [A background check requirement on private gun sales] is not something I would support.”



  1. Alean Stoops

    April 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    This is not legal our constitution does not give the Governor the power to put any limits on the second amendment. I hope NRA will sue him, He just wants to give up our Rights to get votes.

  2. Mary

    April 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Phil Scott is acting out of being pressured and he needs to stop supporting Gun Control NOW!

  3. tony

    April 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Time to get this nonsense to the SC!

  4. Sal belardo

    April 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Isn’t that called “bait and switch!

  5. Mary E. Wambach

    April 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    What an offensive and irresponsible monster! Signing legislation to protect school children and the public from those who seek to engage in mass shootings and murders. He should be voted out of office for taking his duties seriously, and not copping a plea because of campaign funding from the NRA – doesn’t he realize that in order to gain a rep for being au courant he must also be a sellout? Your readers are the usual: folks that never read the Constitution, quote phrases from the criminally uninformed and continue to support a known law-breaker.

  6. Barbara L Welch

    April 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    we need to find reppublicans with intestinal fortitude [guts] instead of the nanny boys

  7. Brad Linquist

    April 17, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Right …… Private gun sales have been around forever ..The Governor can’t demand people live by laws he comes up with…. 2nd amendment protects the people from tyranny both foreign and domestic ..I know our Rights in the USA and the rights our Fore Fathers wrote were meant to protect the citizens of the USA and can’t be infringed by any means what so ever…

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