Sue Minter on Gun Control
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
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 SueMinter.com
, May 25, 2016
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