Despite tepid enthusiasm from lawmakers on gun control, supporters say they are not ready to give up the fight.
Several groups at the Vt. Statehouse Wednesday demanded that lawmakers not shy away from the controversial issue in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. They are pushing two House bills; one would limit the size of magazine clips, the other would call for mandatory gun locks. Supporters argue that reasonable gun control laws have nothing to do with the Second Amendment.
"The Supreme Court has ruled that while each of us has the right to keep and bear arms, it's not an absolute right and is subject to reasonable restrictions like any other right guaranteed by the Constitution," said Bob Williamson of Child Safe Vermont.
"For those legislators who are afraid to join this conversation or think this conversation is going to go away I would simply say... it's moving forward and we have to keep in the fight," said Dina Janis of Gun Sense Vermont.
Vt. House Speaker Shap Smith says that no gun control measures will be acted on this session, and that he is still trying to gauge the level of support among members.