Gov. Scott defends gun laws on visit to gun range – WCAX

Gov. Phil Scott visited a Barre gun club to show his support for Vermonters’ enjoyment of hunting and fishing and the economic benefit they bring. But some gun owners aren’t happy with the restrictions he signed into law last year.

"Officials say hunting and fishing bring a boost to the state's rural communities while giving Vermonters the ability to get back to basics. "The chance to get outside, the chance to decompress, the chance to spend time with friends and family in the outdoors. These are all essential elements of why we do this," said Vermont Fish and Game Commissioner Louis Porter. Officials also say that after snow sports, hunting and fishing represents Vermont's second largest outdoor recreation industry, supporting over 17,000 people statewide. But all of this comes about a year and-a-half after the governor supported several restrictions on guns. They include a red flag law allowing police to seize guns from people deemed to be a danger raising the purchase age to 21, expanding background checks, and limiting the capacity of magazines."

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2019-10-27 15:21:43 -0400
    Phil may not be a “perfect” candidate where his record is concerned regarding 2nd Amendment freedoms, but as in any election he should be judged in comparison to his competition. And to those who would prefer the route of not voting as a way of protesting his previous indiscretions regarding the and Amendment and Article 16, I would say that not voting is no better than voting for a competitor who may have an even more invasive potential. I personally will be weighing his record against an future competition and voting accordingly.