Skip to comments.Gun Control Battle Brewing In Burlington (VT)
Posted on 10/22/2013 9:15:15 AM PDT by neverdem
Burlingtons City Council Monday night heard public comments about proposed charter changes that would increase regulation of firearms in the city.
Contois Auditorium in Burlingtons City Hall was standing room only, and the city council opened the auditoriums balcony for a one-hour public hearing on the proposed changes.
Four charter changes were at issue: The first would ban guns from any establishment with a liquor license; another would require police to seize firearms after domestic abuse incidents, a third requires safe storage of firearms, and the final change requires a permit for carrying concealed firearms.
The divide was clear, with gun control advocates wearing green T-shirts from GunSense Vermont, a gun control advocacy group. Gun rights advocates arrived in fluorescent orange hats and vests commonly worn by deer hunters. The gun rights activists passed out bright orange pamphlets that read NO Burlington Gun Control.
Many of the gun rights activists were mobilized by the Vermont Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, a group that lobbies to keep Vermonts gun laws among the most relaxed in the nation.
Evan Hughes, the vice president of the group, said in an interview Monday that the proposed changes are in direct conflict with a Vermont state law that he calls the Vermont Sportsmens Bill of Rights.
The law states that, Except as otherwise provided by law, no town, city, or incorporated village shall directly regulate hunting, fishing and trapping or the possession, ownership, transportation, transfer, sale, purchase, carrying, licensing or registration of traps, firearms, ammunition or components of firearms or ammunition. It also says, The provisions of this section shall supersede any inconsistent provisions of a municipal charter.
Based on that language, Hughes says, the city cannot legally regulate firearms.
Municipal charter changes have a long political journey. In order to go into effect, the city council must vote to put the change on the ballot and voters must approve it. Then, because charters are an agreement between the state government and municipal governments, the state legislature must approve the changes before they become official.
City Attorney Eileen Blackwood says the city's charter change explicitly establishes an exemption to the law Hughes referenced, so if the legislature passes the change, the city will be on firm legal ground.
An assault weapons ban was not on Monday nights agenda. While the charter change committee and Mayor Miro Weinberger pushed for an assault weapons ban earlier this year, the city backed away from the regulation. Weinberger said he pulled his support when it became clear that an assault weapons ban would be difficult to pass in Montpelier.
Weinberger announced in a statement Monday afternoon that he supports three of the four provisions. Weinberger said that after careful consideration, he opposes a permitting process for concealed carry and assault weapons ban because I doubt the effectiveness of these measures and because these two particular reforms would create a patchwork of local regulation that would be problematic for responsible Vermont gun owners.
For live updates from the meeting, click here.
Isn’t Burlington the murder capital of the USA? They need gun control!
Those laws might be good. Do we have any historical evidence that “gun-free zones” are unsafe?
And don’t go back to the Old West for examples. This is the 21st century and we’re a modern country.
I’ve been warning my friend in VT and NH to get ready for the lib take over. First it’ll be gun control, then especially in NH it will be a sales and income taxes added. When that happens they will far surpass MA tax rate because of their property taxes.
I’m going to laugh when it happens. I may even laugh at them in person.
They throw up a whole bunch of stuff they know they won’t get, but they put one goal in there they really want to get, more than the others.
they then concede on a whole bunch but keep the one they really want. they look like they compromised and “gave up” stuff they never cared nearly as much about as the one goal they did want to get through.
it’s also a test to make sure they can try banning something and seeing if their “exemption” to regulating firearms will hold up in court. if it does they’ll go after a whole other bunch of stuff next time.
And these idiots in VT will go for it.
re NH you have no idea what youre talking about.
.Contois Auditorium in Burlingtons City Hall was standing room only”
...I’ve been to Burlington many times. The last place I’d want to be with all the stinky ass hippies in that town is “standing room only”.
Recent (post-1990) events indicate that "gun-free zones" are treated as "free-fire zones" by the criminally-minded and/or psychologically afflicted.
Bravo Zulu, Bob and Diane.
I was a resident of Burlington for 8 years myself. While not “the murder capitol” there have been some notorious murders there, interestingly they did not involve firearms...more the crowbar variety, in broad daylight nonetheless.
That would be DC.
“Isnt Burlington the murder capital of the USA? They need gun control!”
I don’t know about that, but the last time I was there, I thought I was in East Germany. Dour buildings with lots of bums on the streets. Not at all like what I expected or anything like the rest of the towns I visited in the state. I just imagine that Bernie Saunders is from there, being that he’s basically a Communist!
ping for later reading...
Vermont is extremely liberal, and Burlington is the liberal center of Vermont. It’s the biggest city in Vermont, and it’s home to the University of Vermont. Hippie central in spades.
OTOH, Vermont is very favorable to guns. The whole state is populated by hippies with guns. In a typical episode, one of my in-laws, who is further to the left than Lenin, sat on his porch one day and shot fifteen squirrels, because his wife complained that they were dining on her bird feeder.
I think that Vermont has fewer gun control laws than any other state, including Texas, and I don’t think they’ve tightened up at all during all these Moms against Guns moments.
Oh but I do. You’ll get it (more taxes) soon enough. And your little dog too!
I was surprised to learn that VT is very pro gun.
It’s the same old story throughout once conservative sections of New England - Bostonians move there to get away from the rat race, and bring the rats along with them.
>>Mayor Miro Weinberger pushed for an assault weapons ban <<
It doesn’t make sense in my small mind that a Jew would fight to restrict guns. Something is missing from the article. Was he dropped on his head as a child?