Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs on Withdrawl of S.32

                            VERMONT FEDERATION OF
                               SPORTSMEN'S CLUB on
                                GUN LEGISLATION S.32
There have been numerous Vermont media stories on the lead
sponsor of S.32, Senator Philip Baruth, telling Senate Judiciary
Committee Chairman Dick Sears that he wanted to withdraw S.32.

The federation held S.32 as a far overreaching bill.  Now it appears
appears S.32 is out of consideration for further legislative progress.   
It will be up to Senator Sears as to whether or not to cancel the
scheduled February 7th public hearing at the Vermont State House. 
Senator Sears is anticipated to announce his decision today.  The
senator has a long standing record of solid judgement and fair
leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

We know there will be other proposed gun legislation emerging in the
Vermont State House and some of it will contain portions of S.32.  In
its consideration of these bills the legislature would benefit greatly
from the participation of Vermont's knowledgeable and experienced
gun owning communities.

The causes of violent crime are complex and the drafting of legislation
to effectively deter violent crime will not be accomplished in haste or by
emotion.  This is why the federation continues to believe in a deliberate
legislative process as being necessary to enact laws that achieve the
sound public policy we Vermonters expect in our laws.

Therefore, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will continue its
long standing practice of being willing to offer our knowledge and experience
to our state legislature in discussion of legislation involving firearms.