Bill S.55 passed the Senate today with a 17 yeas to 13 nays.
The bill raises the age to 21 to buy long guns in the Green Mountain State. Also a Magazine ban is in place along with Universal Background Checks for all Firearm Sales within the State. Bump Stocks are also banned for possession within the State.
Magazines for Rifles are limited to 10rds and Pistols are limited to 15rds. Lever Action and Bolt Action are exempt from the magazine ban. Pump Action Rifles/Shotguns are not. (How does this apply to guns like the KSG since they can hold the Mini-Shells or the KSG 25 which can hold 25 shells?) Dealers in Vermont have until October 1st to sell their current inventory of magazines.
Magazines cannot be transferred or sold. Meaning they cannot be inherited by family.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement after Friday’s vote that he supports the new bill, along with two other gun-control measures that are advancing in the legislature, because he believes they uphold constitutional rights “while taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of violence.” A spokeswoman confirmed he plans to sign all three bills pending a technical review.
Additionally, Gov. Scott stated:
“As Governor, I have a moral and legal obligation and responsibility to provide for the safety of our citizens. If we are at a point when our kids are afraid to go to school and parents are afraid to put their kids on a bus, who are we?”