H.230 Passes Into Law!

Vermont governor allows 72-hour waiting period gun bill to become law


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Sandy Hook Vigil

Nearly ten years have passed since the Sandy Hook school massacre. There have been between 350,000-400,000 firearm-related deaths in the United States since December 14, 2012, when 26 little children and their teachers were murdered at school in Newtown, Connecticut. Many of us and people across the nation have been impacted forever by the loss of friends, classmates, or family members to gun violence.

Come join us in a silent vigil on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, the eve of the Sandy Hook massacre, to remember all the victims of the U.S. gun violence epidemic. The vigil will take place on the Norwich Green in front of the bandstand on Main Street. The bells of the Norwich Congregational Church will ring from 5:00 to 5:30 PM in memory of all those killed or maimed by gun violence. Please bring your own candles or flashlights.

Chipper Ashley

Paul Manganiello

Kathleen Shepherd

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GunSense Vermont 2022 Endorsements



Montpelier, VT – With gun violence on the rise both nationally and in state, GunSense Vermont is re-engaging in the electoral process for the first time since 2018. After an extensive process that included candidate questionnaires, interviews and a thorough review of voting records, the organization’s C4 is recommending a full slate of candidates across the state. 

Every year, 80 of our friends, family members and neighbors lose their lives from gun violence in Vermont. In the 2023 legislative session, GunSense will be advocating for a comprehensive safety package that includes a ban on assault weapons, safe storage, waiting periods, the closure of the “Charleston Loophole,” in addition to other lifesaving measures. 

“You’re either at the table or on the menu,” said political action chair Shirley Plucinski. “We believe the work we do on the campaign trail has a direct impact on our success under the golden dome.” 

You will find a full list of endorsements below:

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Today we mourn the deaths of 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas. It was the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history, nearly the worst in U.S. history,and it was the second mass shooting in America this week. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families that lost their children yesterday and to the communities reeling from senseless and unfathomable loss.

A horror like yesterday’s massacre brings the reality of gun violence to our hearts and minds in technicolor. But it is not just yesterday or last week. Our hearts break for the 110 people who lost their lives to gun violence each day in 2020- the majority of them Black and Brown young men. We grieve for those families and neighborhoods as well.

In our gun-obsessed culture, we have prioritized the right to have unfettered access to firearms over the lives of our own children. We no longer live in a free country - freedom is the expectation that you can send your kids to school, or the store or down the block and know that they’ll return home safely each day. Today, no parent in America has that certainty.

This is not normal. It does not have to be this way. No other developed country comes close to this level of gun violence. And no other country comes close to allowing guns to be purchased and carried with as few restrictions as this country does.

What will be the result of 19 more innocent children shot dead in their classrooms? The answer will be not nearly enough unless we finally hold our elected leaders accountable and demand change. Each and every one of us has a part to play in ending gun violence and the only way to honor these victims is through actions, not words.

Robb Elementary School could be any school in Vermont. Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo could be your local grocery store. The time for passive activism is over. All of us are responsible for taking action and demanding change.


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Statement from GunSense Vermont Executive Director Conor Casey on the Veto of S.30


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Statement from GunSense Vermont Executive Director Conor Casey on the Veto of S.30


Today, Governor Scott had the opportunity to stand with the 74 percent of Vermonters who support the need for common sense gun legislation. Instead, he chose to side with a vocal minority who oppose any steps towards reducing gun violence in our state.

Banning firearms in hospitals is the very least we could have done to protect our healthcare providers, who have done so much over the pandemic to keep us safe. And closing the “Charleston Loophole” would have been a logical extension of the background check legislation the governor signed in 2018. How either of these items warrant a veto defies reason from a leader who only four years ago said, “today we choose action, over inaction. Doing something, over doing nothing.”

GunSense Vermont wishes to thank the General Assembly for having the courage to pass lifesaving legislation in the midst of this national crisis. We are also grateful for the many, many Vermonters who contacted Governor Scott last week asking him to do the right thing and sign the bill.

While we are disappointed with this outcome, the cause endures and our nearly 4,000 members will continue fighting to prevent another tragedy. Whether it be in the halls of the State House or on the campaign trail, we refuse to accept political inaction when so many lives are at stake.

GunSense Vermont is a grassroots organization that is part of a growing movement nationwide to stem the epidemic of gun violence. The United States suffers more than 35,000 gun deaths annually, far surpassing any other developed country. Our members recognize that gun violence is a public health crisis, and we are demanding that our elected officials take meaningful action to address it.

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Feb. 2020 Activist--News & Updates

In this issue...

  • A handy "HOW TO" on calling your state legislators
  • The Vermont bills that we're watching closely, and what you can do
  • Contact Gov. Scott about waiting periods for gun purchases
  • Attorney General TJ Donovan signs on to multistate ghost gun suit
  • Encouraging news from Virginia
  • Take the leap before leap day--become a sustaining member
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Jan. 2020 Activist: News & Updates

Happy New Year! We are hoping for--and working for--a safe and peaceful year for all of us.

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Where we're headed in 2020

There has never been a more important time to support work at the state level. See where we're headed in 2020.

Movement on the federal bipartisan background checks bill has stalled out indefinitely and the gridlock in Washington is unlikely to abate long enough to introduce any new gun violence prevention legislation. As we continue to advocate for improved community resources and support here at home, we must simultaneously address the easy access to guns that can turn a difficult situation into a deadly one. That's where GunSense comes in.

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Your Oct/Nov 2019 News Roundup

Vermont News:

  • Unitarian Universalist Society Burlington fundraiser
  • What's in store under the Golden Dome
  • GunSense files amicus brief in favor of upholding large capacity magazine ban
  • GunSense survey results

The National Landscape:

  • Democratic candidates--who supports which measures?
  • Vermont keeps moving forward while federal gun bills sit
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The bloodshed of July & August, 2019

This couldn't wait.

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