New gun regulations considered in Vermont

Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 9:34 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - In the wake of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, Vermont’s Legislature is eyeing new toughened gun regulations.

Sen. Phil Baruth is a leading gun policy advocate at the Statehouse. Following the recent shootings, he said he will likely introduce a bill raising the age to buy semi-automatic guns. He said there should be tougher requirements for training and licensing. Baruth also believes there should be a discussion on purchasing body armor.

“We have criminalized things like radar detectors because they give people an unfair advantage over the police and they impact public safety. I don’t know why we wouldn’t do the same thing with body armor,” said Baruth, D/P-Chittenden County.

This year, Vermont’s Legislature and Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, passed a law banning guns in hospitals. Also, there is an extension on the waiting period for purchasing a gun without a background check.

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