Shumlin: No Role for Vermont in Gun Control

Apr 25, 2013

Governor Peter Shumlin

Governor Peter Shumlin is sticking to his guns in the face of inaction in Washington to address gun violence, saying Vermont needs no changes in its firearms laws.

Governor Shumlin reiterated earlier comments that Vermont does not need background checks for gun buyers, limits on assault weapons nor the sizes of ammunition clips. He earlier had said those issues should be addressed on a national basis by Congress.

A bill calling for background checks for gun buyers stalled in the U.S. Senate last week, so the sort of 50-state solution Shumlin says he would favor appears not to be on the immediate horizon.

Shumlin says despite that inaction in Washington, there's no need for legislation in Vermont.

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