Every day, many Americans without Bloomberg’s wealth and power rely on the Second Amendment — not private security — to defend themselves against threats to their lives and livelihoods. Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year.
Jim Sexton, of Essex Junction, sought to get the sponsors of H.610 removed from the State House because they “violated their oath of office by expressly trying to make a law which denies every Vermonter the presumption of innocence” and “denies legal gun owners the constitutional right to bear arms.”
Any proposal that mandates the use of force without due process should be slapped down by the full force of both constitutions, and if the process works as designed, H.610 should meet that end.
Vermont has embarked on a flagrant effort to trample on rights that the Second Amendment says “shall not be infringed.” But this time, the lawyerly legislators sworn to protect and defend the Constitution have been caught red-handed.
An already controversial gun bill now states that bystanders who are present with a person with a restraining order could face jail time if they don’t help police with gun confiscations.
Noncompliance with federal laws mandating the return of escaped slaves was rampant throughout northern states. In 1850, the Vermont Legislature went so far as to pass a law effectively requiring state judicial and law enforcement officers to act in direct opposition to the federal Fugitive Slave Law.
A large drug-running operation involving Rutland residents and New York City-area individuals has been broken up in a sweeping crackdown by local, state and federal authorities, the Vermont Office of the United States Attorney announced Friday.
Last June, Governor Scott vetoed S.169, a bill to impose additional gun restrictions on Vermonters, including a 24 hour waiting period to purchase a handgun. Now, the ball is in the court of the Legislature to decide whether to sustain or override this veto.
A Senate committee will soon consider a semi-auto public carry ban, the homeschool background check is dead, no local tax money is expected for commercial cannabis, and a CEO says a cloud tax is counterproductive.
The five members of the Pownal Sectboard on Friday voted unanimously to approve a nonbinding resolution to declare the town a sanctuary from unconstitutional gun-control laws.
New Gun Owners of Vermont president Eric Davis gave his first testimony Thursday at the Statehouse, and in it he told members of the House Judiciary Committee that forcing Vermonters to wait for lengthy background checks punishes law-abiding citizens.