> Today the House Judiciary Committee took up the Federation's suggested
> Veterans-Hunters-Shooters Protection Amendment to remove the totally
> unnecessary 18 month waiting period for those who have recovered from
> mental illness. This would allow recovered citizen to be able to petition a
> Vermont court to have their rights reinstated.
> This would have resulted in the federal NICS system being notified and the
> citizen to have the legal disability status removed.
> The Federation believed that if the 18 month waiting period was removed, it
> would provide a viable solution on this issue in S.141. Of the 31 states that
> have a similar NICS reporting system, 30 do not have a waiting period.
> The U.S. Department of Justice NICS restoration of rights process does not
> require a state waiting period. Not even for a state to qualify for its grants
> After testimony on the the proposed Federation amendment that was introduced
> by the Rep. Thomas Burditt (R) West Rutland, the language was discussed at
> length and was well received.
> At the very end of the hearing, Rep. Willem Jewett (D) Ripton introduced an
> amendment to the Federation amendment. His amendment would raise the
> standard of proof of a recovered citizen from a preponderance of evidence
> (51 percent) to the much higher "clear and convincing evidence" standard.
> This means a citizen who has recovered from mental illness and petitions to
> have their firearms right restored will face an expensive and very difficult legal
> process that virtually permanently bars them from the possession of firearms.
> This passed all passed in the committee, as did the now amended S.141.
> The vote to pass was along party lines.
> As the Federation was willing to not oppose S.141, if the Federation
> amendment was incorporated into S.141, the amending of the Federation
> language to include the draconian language of the Rep. Jewett has killed
> that offer and the Federation now remains strenuously opposed to S.141.
> S.141 now heads to the floor of the House and it should stand for its first
> floor vote on Thursday and its final vote on Friday.
> S.141 has ceased to be just a gun control bill. It has become much worse.
> In addition being an unnecessary gun control bill, it is a bill that could deter
> people from seeking assistance with mental illness issues. It now reinforces
> a stigma of disdain for those who have had the misfortunate to fall into mental
> illness. Like our returning Veterans and their families.
> The Federation and all of the other gun rights groups could have walked
> away from all of this after defeating S.31 and its mandatory background
> check system. But, instead all stayed to work to remove or correct serious
> and numerous legal and structural problems with the remaining two sections,
> in what became S.141.
> The members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted for S.141 have
> now staked out an inexcusable position of mislabeling the mentally ill (even
> when recovered) as forever being social and legal outcasts, excluded from
> from the respect and the rights of peaceful citizens.
> This awful amendment is now their position, on public record, let them defend it.
> If you would like to voice your opposition to the Jewett Amendment to S.141
> call the Sgt-At-Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave a message for Rep. Maxine
> Grad (House Judiciary Chair) and Rep. Willem Jewett (Vice-Chair):
> Please Justify The S.141 Jewett Amendment
> House Judiciary Members are:
> Maxine Grad, Chair
> (D) - Moretown
> Willem Jewett, Vice Chair
> (D) - Ripton
> Thomas Burditt, Ranking Member
> (R) - W. Rutland
> Charles Conquest
> (D) - Wells River
> William Frank
> (D) - Underhill
> Martin LaLonde
> (D) - S. Burlington
> Marcia Martel
> (R) - Waterford
> Betty Nuovo
> (D) - Middlebury
> Barbara Rachelson
> (D) - Burlington
> Vicki Strong
> (R) - Irasburg
> Gary Viens
> (R) - Newport
> The Committee Assistant is:
> Kate Wilson
> (802) 828-2257
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
House Judiciary Members are:
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Maxine Grad, Chair
(D) - Moretown
Willem Jewett, Vice Chair
(D) - Ripton
Thomas Burditt, Ranking Member
(R) - W. Rutland
(D) - Wells River
(D) - Underhill
(D) - S. Burlington
(D) - Waterford
(D) - Middlebury
(D) - Burlington
(R) - Irasburg
(R) - Newport
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Federation Position on S.141
From: Evan Hughes, VP of NRA Affairs
Date: Friday, 3/21/2015 @ 6:49PM
The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee this morning passed out its amended version of the bill S.141. S.141 was formed from the remaining sections of S.31 after the mandatory background check section was removed.
Though S.141 has been improved by the amendments it is still unnecessary legislation that is being pushed on a national gun control agenda that if enacted would not reduce violence crime or increase gun safety.
S.141 will be on the senate floor for a vote on Tuesday morning. If passed it will go on to a final senate vote on Wednesday and if it again passed, it will go to the House of Representatives. If you have an opportunity to speak to your senator please do so.
Vermont has been and remains:
- · Consistently has one of the very lowest violent crime rates.
- · Constantly has one of the very highest gun safety records.
- · Is not a major source of guns going to other states.
S.141, like all laws that attempt to deter crime or solve other social problems by regulating guns, instead of more enforcement of existing laws, will not work.
S.141, like its source of origin S.31, is a political solution in search of problem.
The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs has long held that good laws achieve sound public policy and are in compliance with the federal and state constitutions.
As S.141 does not meet these standards and is unnecessary the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs must oppose S.141 being enacted into law.
Friday, March 20, 2015
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM
Friday, March 13, 2015
Proudly Serving Vermont Since 1875
Date: March 13, 2015
From: Evan Hughes, VP - NRA Affairs
RE: Status of S.31
The Senate Judiciary Committee worked on two drafts of bills on enacting state laws that would be redundant of federal gun laws.
S.31 was pulled and the Mandatory Background Check section was dropped from being acted in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But, as we have been relating, there was interest among some senators in adopting some sections of the federal laws in Vermont.
One draft was about those individual who have been convicted violent criminals in possession of firearms and the other draft was reporting of court orders for people a judge has ruled to be a threat to themselves or others.
Observations periods and voluntary commitments would not subject a person to an order that leads to restriction of firearm ownership. There is also an reinstitution of rights section of the this draft.
It is important to understand this is an evolving legislative process and requires more work by the committee before it is considered for passage by a floor vote in the senate.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM