Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Measures

On Friday, March 23rd, after 10 hours of debate the Vermont House preliminarily passed a second comprehensive gun violence prevention package on a vote of 85-59. I am proud to have voted in support of this legislation which includes: banning bump stocks, universal background checks, limits on magazine clips, and raising the minimum age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21. I strongly believe we should have the freedom to be safe in our homes, our schools and at work, without the constant threat of gun violence hanging over our heads. We must act now to protect families and communities from gun violence.

In addition to gun safety measures, the House will be voting on a capital bill that includes five million dollars available to schools for security updates and included additional funding in the budget for mental health services.

Vermont is not immune to the devastation of gun violence; we cannot wait for another tragedy like the mass shooting in Florida to act. On Tuesday, we’ll take our final vote on the gun violence prevention bill. I also expect final votes in the next two weeks on the extreme risk protection “red flag” bill and the domestic violence prevention bill.

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