Skip to comments.Bloomberg Backed Gun Bill Dead in Vermont
Posted on 02/28/2015 11:12:38 AM PST by marktwain
A bill pushed by Everytown for Gun Sense, a Mike Bloomberg funded operation, has floundered against intense grassroots opposition in Vermont.
Vermont has some of the least infringements on second amendment rights in the country. Vermont always had constitutional carry, with no permit required, for its entire history. Vermont has always had one of the lowest crime rates in the country. From burlingtonfreepress.com, a Gannet company:
Supporters of the bill faced strong headwinds, including the opposition of Gov. Peter Shumlin and pushback from Vermont's hunters and police chiefs. The most controversial provision would have required almost all private gun sales to go through a federally licensed firearms dealer and a background check.A commenter on the article, Alex Knight made this victory statement:
"S.31 is not on the table," said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during a discussion Wednesday morning. "Quite frankly, it's dead."
Freedom and individualism has won, tyranny and collectivism has failed. Bloomberg and your minions, GET OUT. And leave Vermonters and their freedoms ALONE!One of the principle grass roots organizations opposed to the bill was gunownersofVermont.org. As with most second amendment supporters, they concentrated on facts and logic. Here is some of the testimony(pdf) that they presented to the legislature, concerning Vermont's stellar record of responsible, unfettered, gun ownership:
There are also millions of firearms in Vermont that have been purchased over the previous 200 years, yet Vermont is consistently the safest state in the nation, and we are comparable to Switzerland, long held to be one of the safest places in the world. The anti-gun crowd would have you believe that there is something wrong with Vermonts laws that needs to be fixed, and that the citizens of Vermont can no longer be trusted. For over 200 years, Vermonters have responsibly owned, traded and used firearms for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense against man and beast, yet now, this centuries old tradition is being challenged by out-of-state voices and money.Legislatures are afraid of media campaigns financed by billionaires. They are subject to being influenced by large campaign donations. But they fear energized and organized constituents more.
One would think by now Bloomberg would have realized that even his billions can’t sway freedom-loving Americans into relinquishing their God given rights.
Texans should be ashamed that Vermont has more Second Amendment freedoms than we do. Our concealed carry requirements are in place to raise money for the state, gives the state a record of who has weapons, and keeps gun from those who cannot afford the cost of the license.
Vermont is liberal but gun culture is DEEPLY embedded here.
The last statewide politician to support gun control was Republican US Rep Peter Smith. He supported the Brady Bill and Vermonters tossed his butt out.
Another Bloomberg nanny-bill bit the dust!
Bloomberg is Obama white!
And now we’ve determined that VT libs are smarter than WA libs that enacted that Bloomberg state question last year. Wonder what this means for NV which is the next Bloomberg target for their state question to enact these onerous anti-gun measures?
In Vermont, the Bloomberg bill had to go through the legislature. That meant it had a higher level of scrutiny. Nevada will be a referendum, where large amounts of money spent in fraudulent claims can sway lots of low information voters for enough time to pass.
“One would think by now Bloomberg would have realized that even his billions cant sway freedom-loving Americans into relinquishing their God given rights.”
It doesn’t matter to people like him who have deep pockets and no scruples.
The GunNonsense people (funded by Bloomberg) figured out right quick that they had no hope of getting this through, but they’ll keep coming back year after year with additional sob stories and anecdotes about something that happened to them in another state. I’ll bet few of them have ever been to the Northeast Kingdom, where police response times are measured in hours (or days, depending on the weather). It appears they detest those of us who rely only on our families and neighbors, as we’ve done for hundreds of years.
OK, it's early in the thread for a Godwin de-rail but I gotta say that's just a simple Goebbels Gambit. Of course, it's been successful more times than not.
It won’t surprise me if once WA voters realize what was really in that referendum, that they do a counter referendum. WA voters are similar to OR voters. Even the goofy birkenstock wearing hippies are pro 2nd amendment.
You would never believe the types of people next to me on the firing line during NRA and CMP high power matches in Oregon.
But like Sin and germs, the urge to deny guns to citizens will always be around. Wherever freedom of arms exists, RKB always needs to be prepared to quench the next onslaught of moneyed gun-controllers' attacks and nip them in the bud.
Anti-gunnery should never gain enough traction with an elected official to even be introduced as a local ordinance or state statute. It is of the same source and character as abortion "rights" (wrongs!) and same-sex "civil unions."
I think he has delusions of grandeur myself. I think he’s imagined himself in the Oval Office and he needs that gun violence schtick to get there.
What is the cost of the license you mentioned? Is it for concealed carry? Also, does that license apply to one gun or any gun you carry? Just asking.
Here in Georgia it costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 (varies by county a little). That’s every 5 years and doesn’t seem to be prohibitive in terms of not being able to afford it especially when it saves you the $5 NICS check each time you buy a weapon.
Regardless, if I had my way, nowhere in this country should require a license for anything with respect to owning or carrying a weapon. :0)
Score one for the good guys.
I thought Bloomberg got abandoned by key allies in his ongoing gun-confiscation scheme. Apparently, $37 Billion keeps him going — with or without them.
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