Vt. House gives preliminary approval to 24-hour waiting period

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) People who want to buy a handgun in Vermont could have to wait 24 hours to get their hands on it.

Vermont lawmakers in the House gave preliminary approval to a gun bill that will enact a 24-hour waiting period to buy a handgun on a vote of 82-58.

Supporters say the waiting period gives gun dealers more time to run a background check and better protects suicidal people and domestic violence victims.

Opponents say a waiting period infringes on the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners and they say it would hurt Vermont gun shows.

The Senate passed the bill after scaling it back from a 48-hour waiting period.

The House is planning to hold a final vote Thursday.

Gov. Phil Scott recently said he saw no need for new gun legislation following last years sweeping changes. Speaking at a Statehouse news conference Thursday, he said he hasn't seen the bill yet, but once he receives it officially, he will study it and make a decision.

The bill also updates and provides clarity on restrictions on high capacity ammunition feeding devices.