Vermont, a “constitutional carry” state, currently has few restrictions on guns, but that could change soon. An important gun control bill is close to passing the Vermont legislature. The state’s house gave initial approval for the passage of one bill that has already passed the senate. The House voted 79-60 in favor of the bill (SB 31) and a final vote is expected today. As TTAG mentioned before, this bill would allow the prosecution of some convicted criminals for firearm possession and require the “dangerously mentally ill” to be added to the federal background check system, therefore denying them firearms . . .
Those who are released from the Department of Mental Health would be allowed to petition the courts to grant them permission to be removed from the list of banned individuals. The state would then have six months to object or the person’s right to own a gun will be restored. The law also allows the prosecution of convicted felons for the possession of a firearm.
“This is a bill that both respects the Second Amendment and protects public safety,” said Representative Kate Webb (above), a Democrat from Shelburne and the assistant House majority leader, at the conclusion of Thursday’s debate.
The provision to force all gun sales to undergo a background check was removed after intense opposition from gun rights groups. The bill titled SB 31 is expected to become law.
Of course, possession of a firearm by a felon is already illegal under federal law, but Vermont is the only state that lacks this particular statute.