Vermont Senator Seeks To Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons From Public Gathering Places

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Sen. Philip Baruth's bill would strip citizens of the right to carry semi-automatic guns in many public spaces.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont lawmakers will soon consider a bill aimed at banning law-abiding citizens from carrying semi-automatic weapons in multiple areas open to the public.

On Tuesday, Senator Philip Baruth declared that he will introduce legislation that would strip citizens of the right to carry semi-automatic weapons in places including childcare facilities, theaters, places of worship, airports, restaurants, stores, parks, and auditoriums, the VT Digger reported.

Baruth, a Democrat, referred to all semi-automatic firearms as “assault weapons.”

“Everybody’s sort of conditioned to accept the fact that in public, people are going to carry weapons that are designed to kill large numbers of human beings,” he told the VT Digger. “I don’t think we’ve reached a consensus on banning assault weapons, but I do think we’ve reached a consensus that we don’t want them in the public square.”

Guns that are not semi-automatic would not be a part of the ban, and citizens would still be allowed to carry semi-automatic weapons on public streets and downtown areas, the VT Digger reported.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott said he will listen to debate about Baruth’s proposal, but that he won’t support more restrictions because he believes there have been enough recent gun law changes, according to WCAX.

"I think there's an opportunity to take the laws that we passed and make them better and make sure we're putting them into practice and making sure we're educating people on how to use, particularly, the red flag laws,” Scott said. “So, I think there's a lot of opportunity to do better with what we have right now other than stepping out and proposing new legislation.”

Baruth remained undeterred, and noted that the governor has changed his mind before.

“Phil Scott originally had said he would pass no gun legislation. He said many times we don't need gun laws until events proved otherwise,” the senator told WCAX. “Nationally, we've had mass shootings and Phil Scott, to his credit, changed his mind. I'd hope he'd be the same way with this bill.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears said he has not taken a position with regards to the bill, but that it seems to be rooted in logic, the VT Digger reported.

“It’s hard to argue why you need to carry an assault weapon at a football game,” the Democrat said.

Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe agreed, even though he has yet to read the bill.

“I think generally speaking, people would acknowledge that the places you just described are not ones that probably are appropriate for people to bring assault weapons to,” Ashe told the VT Digger.

But Senator John Rodgers, who is also a Democrat, said that he will not support the proposed legislation.

“Taking rights away from law-biding citizens is not going to help. Criminals are going to carry them because they don’t care about the law,” Rodgers argued. “They want to stop people from being able to carry guns for self-protection, and I can’t vote for that.”

Scott enacted a slew of new gun measures in 2018, which included a ban on bump stocks, limited the capacity of magazines, raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, and expanded background checks for private gun sales, the VT Digger reported.

His spokesperson, Rebecca Kelley, said that the governor has not yet decided his position on Baruth’s various additional gun-related proposals.

“I’d reiterate that the Governor has also said he believes we need to focus on ensuring the sweeping gun safety reforms we passed last year are working well and as intended, and on addressing the root causes of violence and suicide,” Kelley told the VT Digger.

Comments (16)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

If this moron did any research he would find a huge amount of mass shootings occur in "no gun" zones. It's like an invitation for killers to use these locations without fear of reprisals.

Aramovich
Aramovich

OK. No Glocks, But wheel gums are not semiautomatics. And you still get 6 shots before reloading.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Does this include semi automatic assault finger guns?

DarrellB
DarrellB

If you wanT your 2A rights intact to protect against tyranny, you MUST try to fix this level of stupid, MUST!

K2A
K2A

So how has that worked so far Senator? This person gets paid for think is a crime.

Anomie88
Anomie88

“It’s hard to argue why you need to carry an assault weapon at a football game,” the Democrat said. You don't need to argue that point; he has to argue why he is taking away your right to bear arms. By the way, a ban on semi-automatic weapons will effectively outlaw the carry of most handguns people carry.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

fucktard want's to do what! it is obvious that he doesn't know why we have a constitution!

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

If people are not allowed to carry guns ANYWHERE, then they are defenseless against any would be shooters that tend to come.

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

VT please tell me there are sharper pencils than Philip in your box.

rds40
rds40

I'm guessing he meant it toawrds sa rifles. But what about sa with a brace? Frankly those that go out of their way to walk into these venues with a ar or ak strapped across their chest bring it on.

tfort
tfort

The Constitution and the Bible are not living documents. What is written is written and cannot be changed.

Patriot63
Patriot63

What is wrong with these liberals. Thay just can't seem to get it that all legal weapons are semi-automatics meaning the discharge of one bullet per pull of the trigger. There are less then 1% of lawbiding Citizens with special certification way beyond a common weapons permit to own Automatic weapons. The weapons of choice of the criminals are full-automatic which they get illegally on the black market. Criminals weapons are not registered they have not been vetted for a weapons permit. The Democratic Party plays off of Hollywood with there movies and shows that make it look like everyone has access to automatic weapons that's why they know that there following will believe them. The Democratic Party also miss lead the public by saying that anyone can purchase a weapon online and at gun shows without being vetted then again that's a lie. To legally purchase a weapon at a gun show the online vetting process is performed. When purchasing online the weapon is sent to a certified dealer that performs the vetting process before the purchaser can take it. No the weapon Does Not get delivered to your door as the Democratic Party wants you to believe and No you can Not go to a gun show purchase a weapon then walk out like the Democratic Party wants you to believe.

Fire0462
Fire0462

How will you find the guns ? Frisk every person in the joint ? signs do not stop crime. A good man with a gun does.

JBH
JBH

Even if he got his way and this bill passed, does he harbor the illusion that the police will enforce it?


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