Thursday, April 12, 2018

VT: Republican Governor Scott Takes Heat for Anti-Second Amendment Bills

The first-term Republican governor reversed his long-standing opposition to new state gun laws in February, after learning of an alleged plot by a Fair Haven Union High School teenager to open fire on his high school.

That discovery came a day after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff.

Still, Scott has faced an angry backlash from gun rights groups and even his own supporters, who consider him a traitor.

The governor said much of that is due to misinformation about what the trio of bills, and S.55 in particular, actually change and don't change about gun rights in Vermont.

"(We) don't take anyone's guns away, or even take anyone's magazines away," Scott said. "You can continue to buy (high-capacity) magazines until Oct. 1 and, at that point, nobody's asking you to give them up. You still have them. You're still able to go in and out of state with those magazines. This doesn't take anything away, from my perspective, and doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment whatsoever."

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