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“’Fingers crossed, no questions asked’ is not a smart policy when it comes to gun buyer criminal record checks in Vermont,” said Ann Braden, President of Gun Sense Vermont at the State House today.
The Cedar Creek Room was filled today with parents, teachers, survivors, doctors, nurses, clergy, gun owners, lawmakers and Vermonters from all walks of life cheering the introduction of legislation to close background check policy loopholes that let criminals and prohibited purchasers buy guns in Vermont without a background check. They say the federal government prohibits violent offenders from buying and possessing guns and that Universal Background Checks are the most effective way to enforce that and keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Thank you to all who came out to support background checks in Vermont on such a hot and sunny day! We're particularly grateful to the political candidates who came out from both sides of the aisle to stand up and say that it's time that Vermont requires criminal background checks on ALL gun sales -- not just those from licensed dealers. Your presence and energy helps show that we're in this to win it! Keep up the pressure and contact us if you want to get involved!
Here are some stories about the rally in local media:
Rally for Universal Background Checks Showcases Widespread Support
Rally Set for 5 p.m. August 4, 2016 on the Statehouse Steps
Montpelier, VT— Thursday, August 4th's rally for Universal Background Checks marks the continued momentum toward keeping guns out of the hands of known criminals and people tragically deemed dangerously ill. Recent, independent polling shows 89% of Vermonters and 82% of Vermont gun owners support universal background checks for all gun purchases.
All major Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, as well as Mayor Miro Weinberger, will speak at the rally in support. Organizational sponsors include: Senator Phil Baruth and Senator Michael Sirotkin, GunSenseVT, Voices for Vermont’s Children, Vermont Network Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Vermont Psychiatric Association, the Board of the Vermont Mental Health Association, and KidSafe Collaborative.
The following legislators are co-sponsoring the event: Senate Pro-Tem John Campbell, Senator Dick McCormack, Senator Ann Cummings, Senator Anthony Pollina, Rep. Chris Pearson, Rep. Helen Head, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Mike Yantachka, Rep. Joanna Cole, Rep. Diana Gonzales, Rep. Steve Berry, Rep. Tim Briglin, and Rep. Patti Komline.
“It is heartening to see our state’s political leaders standing with the overwhelmingly strong public opinion in favor of common sense action to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” said Ann Braden, president of GunSenseVT, one of the organizational sponsors behind the event. “The continued toll of senseless gun violence in our country is a call to action for our leaders to close the loopholes in the background check law that give dangerous people too easy access to guns,” she said.
The rally will last from 5pm – 7pm tomorrow on the Statehouse steps.
 VPR/Castleton Poll, February, 2016. http://digital.vpr.net/post/overwhelming-majority-vermonters-support-more-gun-control-vpr-poll-shows
Shows Political Shift in Vermont and Growing Support for Universal Background Checks to Keep Guns out of the Wrong Hands
Montpelier, VT—Momentum is growing for passage of a Vermont Universal Background Check law aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of known criminals and people tragically deemed dangerously ill, according to a Voter Guide released today by GunSenseVT.