Hundreds dressed in hunter orange argue the Green Mountains do not need any new gun laws.
Every year, Gun Rights Day fills the Vermont Statehouse cafeteria with the Second Amendment’s biggest fans.
This year, organizers urged those in attendance to fight six proposed pieces of gun legislation including three that would only apply within Burlington city limits.
They contend Vermont’s loose laws keep the state relatively safe and say there’s no evidence that guns bought in the Green Mountains end up at crime scenes in other states.
“If we can keep emotion out of the discussion of hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports, the facts are all on our side,” said Chris Bradley, Vt. Federation of Sportsmen Inc.
The three bills up for consideration at the Statehouse would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting, require insurance policyholders to disclose firearms stored on their property and mandate background checks on most gun sales.
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