Sunday, February 7, 2016

Federation Mixer at the State House on Thursday, February 18


The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is holding its Annual Mixer in the cafeteria of the Vermont State House on
Thursday, February 18.  This is an excellent opportunity to visit the state house, listen to some guest speakers, talk with
elected and state government agency officials.  It is most appropriate to wear hunter orange to be very visible at the mixer.
 
 
The mixer will officially start at 5 PM and run to 7:30 PM.  The Federation will provide snacks and beverages.  There will
also be a cash bar.  The cafeteria is on the second floor in the back of the state house.  Follow the hunter orange.
 
However, people can show up earlier in the afternoon, starting at 3 PM and there will some folks to walk people around the
state house and explain the workings of the Vermont Legislature.  A strong turnout shows your elected officials that you take
seriously the legislation that is introduced and the way the legislature and state agency address matters important to you.
 
 
For further information call 802-485-6818 or 802-272-8544.

Directions to the State House (115 State Street, Montpelier)

From I-89:
  1. Exit 8 towards US-2/Montpelier  0.5 miles
  2. Merge onto Memorial Drive  0.7 miles
  3. Turn left onto Bailey Avenue  0.1 miles
  4. Turn right onto State Street  0.2 miles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alert! Another NEW serious legislative weapon to outflank our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights

                 Additional NEW Language in your Message to Legislators
 
If you think the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights is not under attack, or is does impact your outdoor sporting/shooting rights
or there are threats to your range, look at what has been introduced in the Vermont State House: H.R.11.
 
H.R. 11 would allow municipal charter change bills, which could well seek exemptions to the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights,
to avoid the committee process and go directly to the floor.  Charter change bills are assigned to the House Government Operations
Committee, which is where we have our best opportunity to challenge gun control aspects of charter change bills.
 
The committee process is a fundamental value of the Vermont Legislature.  To introduce legislation to allow charter change bills
to avoid this process an extreme departure from the basic manner in which the legislature has long operated.  But, if H.R. 11
were enacted it would  allow charter change bills to go right to the house floor, giving us little time or process with which to challenge
charter change attacks to our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/H.R.11
 
Is it mere coincidence that H.R. 11 is posted on the very same day as the Burlington Gun Control charter change bills are having
a hearing before the House Government Operations Committee? 
 
You need to contact your House of Representative member(s) by leaving them a message with the Sgt-At-Arms staff 
at 802-828-2228 to politely say "No New Gun Control Laws, No to H.R. 11, Protect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights"
If you are uncertain as to who is your Representative(s) in the Vermont House see:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2016
or you can leave a message with Rep. Patrick Brennan the House Chairman of the Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus.
 
Regardless of whether you think your legislator is pro-gun or anti-gun, contact them.  Politicians common skill is being able to count
contacts by their voters and 2016 is an election year.
 
And we need those in the outdoors sports/shooting communities to VOTE!
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

VFSC Testimony and evidence from BTV Charter Change hearing at the State House

VFSC Testimony and evidence from BTV Charter Change hearing at the State House







Vermont Mandatory Gun Owner Insurance H.709 and Mandatory Registration bills H.775


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> Vermont gun rights advocates have been battling the Burlington Gun Control charter change bills
> that endanger our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights, two more draconian gun control bills have
> been introduced: 
> H.709    An act relating to homeowner's insurance and gun possession
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> H.775   An act relating to transfer and sale of firearms
> H.775 is an introduction of the same type of Mandatory Registration bill as S.31 that went nowhere
> last year after a massive gun owner turnout at the state house in early February 2015. 
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> You need to contact your House of Representative member(s) by leaving them a message with the Sgt-At-Arms staff 
> at 802-828-2228 to politely say "No New Gun Control Laws, Protect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights"
> If you are uncertain as to who is your Representative(s) in the Vermont House see:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2016
> or you can leave a message with Rep. Patrick Brennan the House Chairman of the Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus.
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> Regardless of whether you think your legislature is pro-gun or anti-gun, contact them.  Politicians
> common skill is being able to count contacts by their voters and 2016 is an election year.
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> And we need those in the outdoors sports/shooting communities to VOTE!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It happened in Montpelier last night. Why Burlington gun control ordinances must not pass.


Contact your legislators by leaving the polite message at the Sgt-at-Arms at 802-828-2228:
No New Gun Control Laws and Protect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.
 
It happened last night in Montpelier!

January 27, 2016
Suspect Arrested During
Residential Home Invasion in Montpelier
On Wednesday January 27, 2016 at approximately 1:19 AM, the Montpelier Police Department received a call from 911 advising of a residential burglary in progress at 438 Gallison Hill Road in Montpelier, Vermont. While MPD dispatch stayed on the line with the female resident, her husband held the suspect at bay at gunpoint, preventing the intruder from coming up the stairs to where he, his wife and 5 year old child were. The homeowner, while warning the subject that he (the homeowner) had a gun, demanded that the suspect not come any closer and to get out of the house.
At one point, the suspect left the house, but as MPD officers arrived on scene at approximately 1:23 AM, the suspect ran back inside the residence. After several tense moments with the suspect ignoring the officers' commands, the MPD K-9 was sent into the residence. With the K-9 deployed, MPD officers were able to tackle and secure the suspect. The suspect apparently gained entry to the residence by smashing out the door window of the mudroom and came into the kitchen.
The suspect was identified as Jesse Fitzgerald (27) of Hyde Park, VT. The residents did not know Fitzgerald nor had they ever seen him before.
After arrest processing, Fitzgerald was transported to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury for lack of $5,000 bail. Fitzgerald is expected to be arraigned later today (01/27/2016) for Unlawful Trespass of an Occupied Residential Dwelling.

NRA-ILA: Anti-Gun Burlington Charter Change Bills to be Heard in Committee on Thursday


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Anti-Gun Burlington Charter Change Bills to be Heard in Committee on Thursday

On Thursday, January 28, the House Government Operations Committee will hear a trio of gun control bills that will unduly restrict the ability of Vermonters to carry for self-defense.   The meeting is scheduled for Room 11 at the Statehouse from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  This dangerous legislation does much more than it purports to do.  These Burlington Charter change bills would strike a devastating blow to the state preemption statute and the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights, allowing any town or municipality to pass its own gun control scheme regardless of state law.  This confusing patchwork of laws would be cumbersome and ripe for abuse as anti-gun local governments could easily circumvent the state Legislature.
Despite these bad bills being rejected by the Legislature last year, Burlington public officials worked overtime to reintroduce the charter change bills in 2016 as House Bill 566, House Bill 567, and House Bill 568.
Please contact your Representative and respectfully request him or her to vote against these bills.  Don't forget to remind them that Vermont's gun laws are working just fine as the state has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country.  You can contact the Sergeant-of-Arms at (802) 828-2228 to leave a message for your lawmaker and request a call back.   
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

House Gov. Operations Committee schedules hearing on Burlington Gun Control Ordinances

 
A hearing before the House Government Operations Committee has been scheduled for Thursday, January 28.
 
Understand that this legislation is not about just guns in Burlington.  It is about Vermont municipalities killing our
Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights by exempting it into being meaningless.  It is about creating a forum for gun
control forums in municipalities all over Vermont.  It is about being able to ban/regulate all that is protected from
multiple municipal PC challenges to outdoors sports/shooting activities by creating a state-wide patchwork of
restrictive ordinances.  Our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights (24 VSA Section 2295) went into effect in 1988
and has served our state well.  Read it here:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/24/061/02295
 
You need to contact your House of Representative member(s) and leave them a message at the Sgt-At-Arms
staff at 802-828-2228 to politely say "No to BTV charter changes, Protect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights"
 
If you are uncertain as to who is your Representative(s) in the Vermont House see:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2016