On Friday, May 1, 2015 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed S.141, a bill to prevent gun violence, into law. We celebrate this final step in the passage of the gun violence prevention bill, which takes real strides in the fight to keep guns out of the wrong hands. This proves that respect for the second amendment can go hand-in-hand with gun violence prevention, and that lawmakers don't have to choose one over the other. For years, guns have been the third rail of Vermont politics, but that is no longer the case. Its passage proves that grassroots action makes a difference, and it is a victory for democracy in action and Gun Sense Vermont. Law enforcement called for enactment of the felon-in-possession provision for years, but it didn't move forward until thousands of Vermonters banded together to demand action. Special credit is due to Senate President John Campbell for his courage in leading the fight for these common sense changes.
Gun Sense Vermont submitted a petition signed by over 12,000 Vermonters calling for action on gun violence prevention legislation to Governor Peter Shumlin in January, 2015.