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Will Vt. lawmakers approve Burlington gun control measures?

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Aside from the school budget, Burlington voters supported every other ballot item on Town Meeting Day, including the purchase of the Winooski One Hydro plant and three proposed charter changes aimed at gun safety.

The gun measures would allow police to seize the weapons of anyone suspected of domestic abuse, ban guns in liquor establishments and require gun owners to lock up their guns at home. All three passed by wide margins.

Because they are charter changes, they must be approved by the Vermont Legislature, and that would require lawmakers to be willing to allow local communities to establish their own local gun laws. House Speaker Shap Smith says it's too late in the session to take it up. And given its sensitivity, it needs to be addressed in a thoughtful way.

"I think a patchwork of local ordinances is probably not an effective way to go about the issue. The other thing is that there is a real tension between traditional views about sportsmen and hunting and this notion of gun safety, and I think that's a conversation Vermonters really need to have," said Rep. Shap Smith, D-Vt. House Speaker.

Smith says given the sensitivity over gun control, it is probably too late in the session for the Legislature to take up Burlington's charter changes.

Burlington voters also passed a financing plan for the city waterfront that will make over the Moran plant and build a new marina.

Click here for all the Burlington voting results.

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