State of Vermont Archives: on Gun Control

Phil Scott: Enforce existing gun laws; Vermont is no gun trafficker

Q: How would you address illegal gun trafficking in and through Vermont?

Phil Scott: Vermont is not a leading gun-exporter state when it comes to gun trafficking. According to the ATF, only 141 guns were traced back to Vermont in 2014. In contrast, nearly twice as many were traced to New Hampshire, nearly 11 times as many were traced to Massachusetts, and over 55 times as many were traced to New York. We do very well when it comes to gun trafficking compared to our neighboring states. I would continue to enforce existing gun laws on the books in Vermont that reduce gun trafficking, including provisions that allow the inspections of in-state gun dealers.

Source: LWV's on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial Race Sep 19, 2016

Sue Minter: Universal background checks; ban assault weapons

Democrat Sue Minter's call for universal background checks for gun buyers and Republican Phil Scott's call for a halt to building wind turbines on Vermont's mountains are expected to be among the hottest issues in this fall's campaign for governor of Vermont.

Minter also maintains that Vermont is not immune to a national epidemic of gun violence and wants universal background checks on gun buyers and a ban on military-style assault weapons. Background checks died in the Legislature in 2015 after gun-rights activists packed a Statehouse hearing and lobbied against the change.

Scott maintains Vermont's gun laws are fine the way they are, and points to a low violent crime rate and the state's strong hunting tradition.

Source: Valley News on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial debate Aug 28, 2016

Sue Minter: Gun violence has reached a crisis point; more gun safety

Strengthening Gun Safety: Gun violence in the U.S. has reached a crisis point and Vermont is not immune. Women are at particular risk: more than half of domestic violence homicides in Vermont involve a gun. In states that require a background check for private sales of handguns, 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. I favor common sense approaches to strengthening gun safety while protecting the constitutional right of Vermonters to own guns and respecting our hunting heritage. Responsible gun ownership is one of our traditions and I will support requiring universal background checks for gun sales, including those that occur at gun shows, flea markets and private online sales (exempting family sales). The same standards that apply to federally registered firearms dealers should apply to all gun sales.
Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website May 25, 2016

Bruce Lisman: Protect the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights

Preserve Vermont's existing firearms freedoms: Vermont has a rich tradition of hunting, and a track record of responsible gun ownership. Our state has the lowest violent crime rate per capita and is not a major source of guns moving to other states. I will protect the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights which provides uniform statewide regulation of firearm ownership, transfer and transportation and I will protect infringements of Article 16 of Vermont's Constitution (the right to bear arms).
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, Mar 6, 2016

Scott Milne: Rated 50% by Gun Owners of Vermont

The Gun Owners of Vermont, Inc. is a non-partisan pro-gun organization, committed to a no-compromise position on firearms ownership rights. Gun Owners of Vermont's organizational mission is to supply facts to members about pro-gun and anti-gun legislation, legislators? voting records, statements, and to lobby on the state level."
Source: Gun Owners of Vermont ratings on 2016 Vermont Senate race Nov 1, 2014

Matt Dunne: Strengthen restrictions on the purchase & possession of guns

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Matt Dunne: Strengthen enforcement of existing state gun restrictions

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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