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Is gun control legislation dead in Vermont?

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gun control legislation doesn't appear likely in Montpelier this year, despite a recent poll that shows strong support from Vermonters.

A sweeping bill in the House proposed earlier in the session sought background checks on all gun sales, limits on ammunition magazines and other restrictions. But the lead sponsor, Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson, said this week the bill does not have the votes to pass and won't be brought to the House floor.

That comes despite a poll last week that showed even gun owners support many of the provisions in the bill.

But there is also passionate opposition from the gun lobby that helped kill an assault weapons ban proposed in the Senate.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, while supportive of the measures in the Waite-Simpson bill, says he would prefer the issue be addressed at the federal level.

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