Monday, May 18, 2015

One Year Ago Vermont Gun Control Group Stated Agenda for 2015

 Saturday, May 16th the Vermont Legislature departed Montpelier. So, how did we do this year?
            
When you think of what the gun rights folks accomplished in 2015, remember well the Burlington Free Press 
article below from May 6, 2014.
 
"2015 will be the year," Ann Braden, president of Gun Sense Vermont, at a Statehouse news conference.
The group's singular focus next legislative session will be to pass a law requiring criminal background checks
for all gun transactions, she said.
 
"Universal background checks is our primary focus," she said.
 
For all of the hundreds of thousands of gun control dollars spent in Vermont, the Mandatory Background Check bill,
S.31, got dropped very quickly.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Vermont Lawmakers Go For Gun Suppressors

          
Due to the hard work of Rep. Brennan and the efforts of many more a gun suppressor legalization
bill passed the legislature this year.  The Seven Days article describes what happened when it
seemed any suppressor legalization legislation would not happen this year. 
 
 
 
10 VSA § 5227. Sport shooting ranges; municipal and state authority
(a) "Sport shooting range" or "range" means an area designed and operated for the use of archery, rifles, shotguns, pistols, skeet, trap, black powder, or any other similar sport shooting.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Vermont Lead Ammo Ban hearing on Wednesday "No to H.296, H.297 and H. 460"


 
On Wednesday, the House F&W Committee is taking testimony on H.460 the bill to ban lead ammo for hunting.

The end of the legislative session is rapidly approaching. This is when the horse trading in the state house really picks up. 
A committee can pass out a bill this year so it is first in line for action next year.  If passed long do think it will stay just hunting?
 
NRA-ILA Alert H.460 and the other gun control battles in Vermont.  Click on link below.
 
Now is the time to contact the members of the House F&W Committee and politely say: "No to H.296, H.297 and H.460"
You can leave them a message with the Sgt-at-Arms at 802-828-2228, only Monday through Friday.
H. 460 was introduced by Rep. Willem Jewett of Ripton wjewett@leg.state.vt.us
The committee member E-mail addresses are below.
sbeyor@leg.state.vt.us, rkrebs@leg.state.vt.us, plefebvre@leg.state.vt.us, asheldon@leg.state.vt.us,
 
 
 House F&W Committee Members:

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Action Alert: Contact VT House F&W Committee on May 6, hearing on H.460

       
  On Wednesday, May 6, the House F&W Committe is having a hearing on H.460 the bill to ban lead ammo for hunting.
Now is the time to contact the members of the House F&W Committee politely say: "No to H.296, H.297 and H.460"
You can leave them a message with the Sgt-at-Arms at 802-828-2228, only Monday through Friday.
 
H. 460 was introduced by Rep. Willem Jewett of Ripton wjewett@leg.state.vt.us 
The committee member E-mail addresses are below.
sbeyor@leg.state.vt.us, rkrebs@leg.state.vt.us, plefebvre@leg.state.vt.us, asheldon@leg.state.vt.us,
                       
There are other serious anti-gun and anti-outdoors sporting bills assigned to the House Fish & Wildlife Committee.

H.296 would place Vermont's ranges under the control of municipal governments. 
H.297 would restrict the ownership and sale of ivory and rhino horn objects already owned by Vermonters.
H.460 would ban lead ammo for hunting.  At least only for hunting right now.

We all would like to think that these bills would not be going anywhere right but that is just not correct.
There is approximately a month left in the scheduled 2015 legislative year and the closer they get to
the final gavel the quicker the horse trading goes on in the state house. 

Now is the time to contact the members of the House F&W Committee politely say:  "No to H.296, H.297 and H.460"
You can leave them a message with the Sgt-at-Arms at 802-828-2228,  only Monday through Friday. 
 
House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources 

Members

Staff

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fwd: BFP: Vermont Gun Bill Spending GUN CONTROL SPENDING WAS HUGE

Remember the gun control group paid their Vermont lobbyist $39,000 for April 1 through June 31, 2014
and another $39,000 for July 1 through December 31, 2014.  For a total of $78,000.00 in 2014.
 
Now they have reported the even larger amount for the period of January 1 to March 31, 2015 and there
will be another expense reporting for April 1 until June 30.  So, for the 12 month period from April 1, 2014
to March 31, 2015 the gun control group spent approximately    $130,000.00. 
                                                                                                          77,567.90
Add the $77,567.90 of Everytown (see below) and you get over $207.000.00 having been spent to get S.141.
 
Everytown spent over $20,000 in advertising a month Jan. 1 to March 31, 2015.  $20K a month.
The BFP did not include the Everytown for Gun Safety Money.  Why not?        
                
This does not include their nearly $30,000 in campaign contribution funds recently reported in Seven Days.
 
The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, NRA and National Shooting Sports spent a total of less
than $37K for January 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015. 
 
The mandatory background check was pulled when S.31 was dumped.  We could have walked away
but the gun rights groups stayed to make sure that all of the technical and structural legal problems in
what became S.141 did not become law. 
 
Does anyone really think most of the gun control group money came from Vermont?
 
This data comes to $77,567.90 from a group with a mailing address of P.O. Box 4184, New York, New York, 10163.
Gunsensevt won't disclose the source of their funding.   Wouldn't a responsible press be just a little curious?
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Disclosure Information
Date Compensation EXP - Advertising EXP - Telemarketing EXP - Other EXP - Total Gifts Contracts Disclosure
04/24/2015 $10,133.70 $65,818.30 $0.00 $1,615.90 $67,434.20 $0.00 $0.00
Total: $ 10,133.70 $ 65,818.30 $ 0.00 $ 1,615.90 $ 67,434.20 $ 0.00 $ 0.00

Thursday, April 23, 2015

VT F&W Dept. Public Hearings on Proposed Rules ONLY for Department Range(s) 4/23 and 4/29


>
> Vermont F&W Department will be conducting a public hearing on altering the rules governing
> shooting at the VT F&W's Hammond Cove Range in Hartland and any new VT F&W ranges.
> These rules do not pertain to any other ranges, only ranges owned by VT F&W.
>
> This public hearing is not connected to H.296, the bill that would put ranges under municipal
> control.    
>
> This public hearing is not about H.460, the bill to ban lead ammo for hunting (for now)
>      
> If you want to oppose H.296 or H.460 both bills are assigned to the House F&W Committee
> and call the Sgt-At-Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave the message "No to H.296 and H.460"
> for Representatives David Deen, Steve Beyor and Kate Webb. 
>       
> The hearing is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Pavilion Auditorium, at 109 State St.
> Montpelier today and another meeting at Hartland Recreational Center, Route 12, Hartland
> on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  Press Release below.
>
>  
> Proposed Shooting Range Rules Only for F&W Ranges
>
>
>
> VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE
> Press Release
> For Immediate Release: March 30, 2015
> Media Contacts: Daneil Pieterse, Shooting Range Project Technician, 802-272-6923
> Chris Saunders, Hunter Education coordinator, 802-343-5487
> Proposed Shooting Range Rules Only for F&W Ranges
> MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for the shooting range it owns at Hammond Cove in Hartland and any others it may open in the future. The proposed rules would not apply to any other shooting ranges.
> Fish & Wildlife says the proposed rules are needed to address potential noise, safety and usage issues with a goal of developing more ranges for members of the public to safely hone their shooting skills.
> The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed rules at a public hearing in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, on Thursday, April 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and at a public informational meeting in the Hartland Recreational Center, Route 12, Hartland on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
> Since the first department-owned shooting range opened in Hartland, Vermont in 2012, there has been a dramatic increase in its use.
> Proposed rules for ranges operated by the Fish & Wildlife Department include:
> • Require all users15 years of age and older to have a valid Vermont hunting, fishing or combination license unless attending an event or training sponsored by the department.
> • Prohibit use of any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive targets, including tannerite.
> • Prohibit firing more than six rounds per magazine.
> -30-

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Action Alert: Contact VT House F&W Committee: "No to H.296, H.297 and H.460"


Some serious anti-gun and anti-outdoors sporting bills are assigned to the House Fish & Wildlife Committee.

H.296 would place Vermont's ranges under the control of municipal governments. 
H.297 would restrict the ownership and sale of ivory and rhino horn objects already owned by Vermonters.
H.460 would ban lead ammo for hunting.  At least only for hunting right now.

We all would like to think that these bills would not be going anywhere right but that is just not correct.
There is approximately a month left in the scheduled 2015 legislative year and the closer they get to
the final gavel the quicker the horse trading goes on in the state house. 

Now is the time to contact the members of the House F&W Committee politely say:  "No to H.296, H.297 and H.460"
You can leave them a message with the Sgt-at-Arms at 802-828-2228,  only Monday through Friday. 
 
House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources 

Members

Staff