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New gun control bill introduced in Montpelier

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gun control legislation is again in the works at the Vermont Statehouse.

After a bill in the Senate was withdrawn, a representative from Essex has a different proposal in the House. The bill would limit the size of removable ammunition clips to 10 rounds, institute a state-version of the federal restriction barring convicts from carrying guns and require background checks for all gun sales. The proposal also suggests repealing the state ban on silencers in an effort to cut down on noise surrounding gun ranges.

The bill's primary sponsor, Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson, says she'll fight for extending the convict-carry ban to the state level.

"The other things I think you know we can put those on the table and I'm inviting people to come and talk to us about it and let's sit down and try to figure out what Vermont's role is in this national debate," said Waite-Simpson, D-Essex Junction.

Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth proposed gun-limiting legislation earlier in the session, including an assault weapons ban, but pulled the proposal due to lack of support.

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