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Vermont Governor Signs Gun Restrictions

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file photo, Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks to the media in Montpelier, Vt. Scott is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history during a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

  • FILE - In this March 27, 2018, file photo, gun control opponents wearing hunter orange pack the gallery in the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier, Vt. Gov. Phil Scott is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history during a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, April 11. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

  • Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott with his wife Diana McTeague Scott by his side readies to speak before signing the first significant gun restrictions bills in the state’s history during a ceremony on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier, VT, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Montpelier — Vermont has enacted the first significant gun restrictions in the state’s history.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a package of bills today that raise the age to buy firearms, ban high-capacity magazines and make it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat.

Some gun rights advocates are fiercely opposed to some of the provisions in the new law.

The recently passed bills also require background checks for most private gun sales and ban rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks.

Vermont’s push for gun restrictions came after police said a teenager from Poultney was planning to kill as many people possible at Fair Haven Union High School. The teen was arrested and charged.

Scott, a gun owner, said he knows some people will be upset by the new laws, but that they will adjust when they realize the laws will not restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.