Thursday, March 06, 2014

David Codrea:Burlington, VT Votes to Give up Gun Rights

Three City of Burlington resolutions were passed by voters Tuesday, Vermont’s WPTZ News Channel 5 reported this morning. The measures are now headed to the state legislature, where it will be decided if municipalities will be given the power to override state preemption protections.

Voters chose to allow authorities to seize firearms at domestic investigations (Yes: 5,579 / No: 2,066), ban firearms from establishments that serve liquor (Yes: 5,194 / No: 2,517), and require firearms in the home to be locked up (Yes: 4,351 / No: 2,971) in an election that marks the latest battle in a long campaign being waged between “progressive” Burlington Council members working with Gun Sense Vermont, and the Vermont Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs.

“These proposed gun control ordinances are an attack on our vital Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights. VTFSC said in a release following the disappointing results. “This is law we must defend.

“The three gun control ordinances are not based on sound public policy, and are certainly in contempt of the state and federal constitution,” the group explained. “These ballot issues are the work of politicians playing political shenanigans and nothing more.”

It's premature for disarmament activists to celebrate though, the gun rights advocacy group predicts, citing an entirely different predisposition between the city and the state.

“Their ball, their court, their ref, their rules, their refs, their timekeeper, their scorekeeper and their scoreboard in BTV,” VTFSC observed. “It won't be that way in the state house and our guys will be very motivated.
“BTV city hall knows it has been in a fight,” they elaborated. “It will be a whole different game in the state house.

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