Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today in House Judiciary Committee on S.141 (Nasty Ruled Today)


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> 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.  
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> This would have resulted in the federal NICS system being notified and the
> citizen to have the legal disability status removed.
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> 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. 
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> 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
> program.
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> 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. 
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> This passed all passed in the committee, as did the now amended S.141.
> The vote to pass was along party lines. 
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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. 
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> This awful amendment is now their position, on public record, let them defend it.
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> 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:
> Name
> Email
> Phone
> Party/Town
> Maxine Grad, Chair
> mgrad@leg.state.vt.us
> 496-7667
> (D) - Moretown
> Willem Jewett, Vice Chair
> wjewett@leg.state.vt.us
> 388-0320
> (D) - Ripton
> Thomas Burditt, Ranking Member
> tburditt@leg.state.vt.us
> 438-0031
> (R) - W. Rutland
> Charles Conquest
> cconquest@leg.state.vt.us
> 757-3803
> (D) - Wells River
> William Frank
> bill@repbillfrank.com
> 899-3136
> (D) - Underhill
> Martin LaLonde
> mlalonde@leg.state.vt.us
> 863-3086
> (D) - S. Burlington
> Marcia Martel
> mmartel@leg.state.vt.us
> 748-9134
> (R) - Waterford
> Betty Nuovo
> bnuovo@leg.state.vt.us
> 388-2024
> (D) - Middlebury
> Barbara Rachelson
> brachelson@leg.state.vt.us
> 862-1290
> (D) - Burlington
> Vicki Strong
> vstrong@leg.state.vt.us
> 754-2790
> (R) - Irasburg
> Gary Viens
> gviens@leg.state.vt.us
> 323-2183
> (R) - Newport
> The Committee Assistant is:
> Kate Wilson
> (802) 828-2257
> kwilson@leg.state.vt.us  
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Action Alert: Vermont House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Tuesday morning



Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.
Proudly Serving Vermont Since 1875
 
 
After repeated attempts to achieve a viable solution with our legislators over a very reasonable pro-gun / hunting rights amendment to S.141, it now time to contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee with a simple message:
"Amend S.141 with the Veteran's/Hunters/Shooters Protection Amendment or Vote Against the bill"
 
This amendment repairs an unreasonable period of denial of access to due process of law before being able to petition a court for restoration of gun rights. The proposed amendment is just and fair. 
 
On weekdays you may leave them a message with the Sgt-At Arms at 802-828-2228
 
On weekends and Mondays you can also leave them a message at their residence.
 
There is no need to debate the bill with the legislators, just tell them the short one sentence message.  It is now time to be quite firm.
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House Judiciary Members are:

 
Name
Email
Phone
Party/Town
Maxine Grad, Chair
496-7667
(D) - Moretown
Willem Jewett, Vice Chair
388-0320
(D) - Ripton
Thomas Burditt, Ranking Member
438-0031
(R) - W. Rutland
Charles Conquest
757-3803 
(D) - Wells River
William Frank
899-3136
(D) - Underhill
Martin LaLonde
863-3086
(D) - S. Burlington
Marcia Martel
748-9134
(D) - Waterford
Betty Nuovo
388-2024
(D) - Middlebury
Barbara Rachelson
862-1290
(D) - Burlington
Vicki Strong
754-2790
(R) - Irasburg
Gary Viens
323-2183
(R) - Newport
 
 
The Committee Assistant is:
 
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Federation Position on S.141

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

Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus at the State House


An excellent event at which to wear orange and speak with your legislators about these two newest gun control bills:
H.296 the bill to limited hours on Vermont ranges and have municipal oversight of ranges.
H.460 the bill to ban lead ammo for hunting.
 
 

                                                                                                     
Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus & Fundraiser
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM
Your Presence is Requested! Please Join Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sen. Norm McCallister and Sen. Alice Nitka and members of the Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus to celebrate our hunting and angling heritage and discuss some of the issues the sporting community is facing.
Invited Speakers :
Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, VT F&W Commissioner Louis Porter and Brent Miller the Northeast Director for the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation. Includes a special announcement for the October 27th - 30th NASC Summit at the Equinox in Manchester ,Vermont!
Special Showing: The 17 minute preview to the documentary Human, Nature a deeper look at Vermont's Outdoor Sporting Community. The Documentary is brought to you by the Heritage Automotive Group, Mt. Mansfield Media and The Yankee Sportsman's Classic Show.
When: March 26th. Cocktails 4:30pm - 5:00pm. Speakers 5:00pm followed by great food!
Where: Montpelier, Vermont State House Cafeteria
Provided: Food, Chef Ray's Famous Venison Chili, Cash Bar, Raffles, Door Prizes, and More!
Bring: Your Friends and Family.
Information: Contact Rep. Pat Brennan at (802) 578-2763 or patrickbrennan96@msn.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

Status of S.31



Proudly Serving Vermont Since 1875

www.vtfsc.org

 

 

 

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

Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, March 26th 4:30 - 7:00


 
 

Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus & Fundraiser
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM  
 
Your Presence is Requested!  Please Join Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sen. Norm McCallister and Sen. Alice Nitka and members of the Vermont  Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus to celebrate our hunting and angling heritage and discuss some of the issues the sporting community is facing.
 
Invited Speakers
Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, VT F&W Commissioner Louis Porter and Brent Miller the Northeast Director for the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation.  Includes a special announcement for the October  27th - 30th NASC Summit at the Equinox in Manchester ,Vermont!
 
Special Showing:  The 17 minute preview to the documentary Human, Nature a deeper look at Vermont's Outdoor Sporting Community.  The Documentary is brought to you by the Heritage Automotive Group, Mt. Mansfield Media and The Yankee Sportsman's  Classic Show.
 
When: March 26th.  Cocktails 4:30pm - 5:00pm.  Speakers 5:00pm  followed by great food!
 
Where: Montpelier, Vermont State House Cafeteria
 
Provided: Food, Chef Ray's Famous Venison Chili, Cash Bar, Raffles, Door Prizes, and More!
 
Bring:  Your Friends and Family. 
 
Information: Contact Rep. Pat Brennan at (802) 578-2763 or patrickbrennan96@msn.com
 

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Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus & Fundraiser
March 26th 4:30PM - 7:00PM  
 
Your Presence is Requested!  Please Join Co-Chairs Rep. Pat Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sen. Norm McCallister and Sen. Alice Nitka and members of the Vermont  Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus to celebrate our hunting and angling heritage and discuss some of the issues the sporting community is facing.
 
Invited Speakers
Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, VT F&W Commissioner Louis Porter and Brent Miller the Northeast Director for the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation.  Includes a special announcement for the October  27th - 30th NASC Summit at the Equinox in Manchester ,Vermont!
 
Special Showing:  The 17 minute preview to the documentary Human, Nature a deeper look at Vermont's Outdoor Sporting Community.  The Documentary is brought to you by the Heritage Automotive Group, Mt. Mansfield Media and The Yankee Sportsman's  Classic Show.
 
When: March 26th.  Cocktails 4:30pm - 5:00pm.  Speakers 5:00pm  followed by great food!
 
Where: Montpelier, Vermont State House Cafeteria
 
Provided: Food, Chef Ray's Famous Venison Chili, Cash Bar, Raffles, Door Prizes, and More!
 
Bring:  Your Friends and Family. 
 
Information: Contact Rep. Pat Brennan at (802) 578-2763 or patrickbrennan96@msn.com
 




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Vermont lead ammo ban bill H.460


The big time gun control lobbyists Vermont gun control groups have hired have long been telling
the members of the Vermont Legislature that the demographics of Vermont have changed.
That the population of hunters/shooters in Vermont has greatly diminished to a pack of whipped
curs that will tolerate any gun control legislation that they want to inflict upon these political mutts. 
 
So, all of the anti-gun/anti-hunting groups want to pile upon the beaten hunting/shooting ranks.
 
Here is the lead ammo ban bill that we have been telling you the anti-hunting groups have for you.
Now, here it is H.460.   
 
You legislators are off this week.  You can contact them starting on Monday at 802-828-2228.  Telling them "No on Gun Control"
 
House members:
 
Senators:
 
H.460 joins the following other gun control bills.
 
 H.296
Besides S.31. There are now five clearly antigun bills in the Vermont House of Representatives.
Burlington's three bill attack on the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights. Any one these passes, the entire VSBR bill of rights is useless.
H.90
H.91
H.92
H.250, This is a virtual copy of S.31 and it was introduced after the public hearing in the state house on S.31.
 
H.296, the bill to dismantle the Vermont Range Protection Act of 2006.