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Statehouse Sitdown: Gun Control Proposal

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Vermont's legislature is considering a new gun control bill that would limit the number of rounds in a magazine and require background checks for all gun sales in the state.

One of the bill's lead sponsors, Representative Linda Waite-Simpson of Essex, says this bill is different than one that Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth proposed and then withdrew a few weeks ago after a lack of support -- namely, it doesn't try to ban assault weapons.

But it does seek to limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

Just the moment that it takes to stop and change a clip, might be all that you need in a crowded situation, somebody to intervene -- and it's indeed what happened in Arizona with Gabby Gifford's shooting," Waite-Simpson says.

Representative Waite-Simpson says she's not married to that proposal but argues the other pieces of the bill, such as allowing local police to enforce federal gun laws and background checks, are things she thinks most people agree with.

 

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