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Should Burlington ban semi-automatic weapons?

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Norm Blais Norm Blais

Burlington city councilors are considering a measure that could ban semi-automatic guns within city limits.

Vermont law prevents cities from passing gun limiting legislation by ordinance. But Democratic Councilor Norm Blais says the city could ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines through a charter change.

Before the it could take effect, the city council, Burlington residents, and the state legislature would all have to sign-off.

"But my fear and that of the people I've been working with is that if there's inaction at the federal level and if we don't get something done at the state level then at least we've addressed the issue here in the City of Burlington," said Blais.

The city will need to act on the proposal by its January seventh meeting in order for the matter to make it onto the March ballot.

Blais says he believes about five councilors are firmly on-board with the measure.

Mayor Miro Weinberger's communication director issued a statement tonight that reads:

"The mayor welcomes Councilor Blais' resolution and is reviewing it with the city attorney and police chief. The mayor was appalled and deeply saddened by the Newtown shootings and is very interested in finding solutions that protect Burlington."

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