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Opinion: Supporters of gun control bill find it tough to testify

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



A lot of the people at the hearing on Senate Bill 31 last Tuesday at the Statehouse seemed too happy from the start — and yes, I’m talking mostly about the “Orange People.”

Too happy, I thought, because this hearing was about the risks Vermonters can face from dangerous people with guns, whatever color they choose to wear.

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Opinion: Letter criticizing reverend on gun issues not civil

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Paul Stone et al.



A Jan. 29 letter to the editor of the Addison Independent, by John Burton of Cornwall, unfairly and unjustly criticizes Rev. Barnaby Feder, minister of Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury.

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Guest editorial: Gun control crosses current of Vermont's political tides

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



No state is more liberal than Vermont when it comes to its politics. And no state is more conservative than Vermont when it comes to its guns.

Raise my taxes.

Tell me where I can build my home and where I can’t.

Tell me which doctor I can visit.

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Legislative Review: Sen. Claire Ayer pledges to review proposed gun law

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Sen. Claire Ayer



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OPINION:

What about the gun bill, S.31?

There’s been some speculation on Front Porch Forum regarding my motives for co-sponsoring a bill that does three things: It puts Vermont in compliance with the federal law that requires Vermont to enter into a federal database (1) the names of certain violent felons and (2) the names of persons who have been judged in a court of law to be a danger to themselves or others. The third thing it does is require a background check during the sale of all weapons, while allowing for family members to gift guns to each other.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the Vermont Senate to require criminal backgrounds checks for everyone buying a gun in Vermont. This means that people who have been deemed too dangerous to own a gun by Vermont courts because of their past violent actions will not be able to.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the Vermont Senate to require criminal backgrounds checks for everyone buying a gun in Vermont. This means that people who have been deemed too dangerous to own a gun by Vermont courts because of their past violent actions will not be able to.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



It was a privilege to be in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 among those speaking at the press conference in support of a new state Senate bill to require universal background checks on gun sales in Vermont. This highly focused legislation will extend to gun shows and online sales the same background check requirements already in place for licensed gun retailers.

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Opinion: Clergy recommend stricter gun control measures

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to state representatives and senators serving Addison County and copied to the Independent.

We are members of the Middlebury Area Clergy Association. In writing you today in support of stricter regulation of guns and gun trafficking, we speak as individuals, not as representatives of our congregations.

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Editorial: Colorado first of a trend on gun control?

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a sign of what the nation might hope is the start of a continuing trend, Colorado became the first Western state to adopt tougher gun control laws with the recent signing of legislation.

The measure, which is similar to what Vermont legislators were asked to consider but decided not to tackle this year, bans magazines for automatic assault-style weapons that hold more than 15 rounds and requires background checks made online or through private parties (like gun shows).

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Editorial: Gun control bill was a missed opportunity

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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