In 2018, Vermont lawmakers made history by passing six bills to address gun violence prevention issues. They created an extreme risk protection order, prohibited the possession of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, authorized law enforcement to remove firearms from domestic abusers, and required background checks on all firearm sales.
In 2019, the Legislature also passed a Waiting Period bill, which would have created a lapse between firearm purchase and physical possession in order to reduce the occurrence of impulsive acts of gun violence. Governor Scott ultimately vetoed the Waiting Period bill legislation. In 2022, Vermont passed a law to address the Charleston Loophole. To become a safer state, Vermont should enact legislation to protect domestic violence survivors, require a waiting period after the sale of a firearm, and require secure storage.
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