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H.610 and Other Gun Control Bills, Town Meeting Day and Crossover Day on March 13

Gun Control Bill H.610 the “That dog don’t hunt” Bill H.610 did not have any hearings this week.  H.610, the bill that has been a battle over needless NICS background checks  delays and a seizing of firearms from allegations of abuse that has “Due Process of Law” deficiencies continues forward  with Draft 8.2.  House Judiciary Committee Read More…

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Rep. Jim Harrison Weekly Update 2.24.20

Troublemaker This past Friday, while waiting in the State House lobby, an influential state senator happened by and kiddingly called me a “troublemaker.” He was referencing my quote on the House floor the prior afternoon picked up by one of the media outlets in which I said “Do we really need a study committee to Read More…

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What Happened Today in House Judiciary Committee on Draft 7.1 H.610

Below is the testimony of Chris Bradley, the President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (VTFSC) as given this afternoon before the House Judiciary Committee.  Remember, FFL Henry Parro of Parro’s Gun Shop & Police Supplies in Waterbury gave detailed testimony in opposition to Section 1 of H.610. The testimony was in response to Draft 7.1 of Read More…

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Is the House Judiciary Out of Control?

[Vermont] House Judiciary Committee Bill H. 610 now declares a new crime to jail persons who refuse to assist in the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms. And that crime appears to be a Felony punishable by two years imprisonment. While [gun rights advocates] are struggling to protect lawful gun owners from unconstitutional magazine and other Read More…

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Tuesday’s Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

From the Vt Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Below is the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee for this week.  Note the amount of time set aside for gun control bill H.610. The members of the gun owner community can make their opposition to H.610, which is not sound public policy and violates the “due process” Read More…

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VT Federation of Sportsmen’s Update

The gun rights representatives are again scheduled to testify on gun control bill H.610 on Wednesday.   They are prepared to testify on Draft 5.1 of H.610, that was released at 4:56 PM on last Tuesday, when they were scheduled to testify starting at 9 AM the next morning, having based their testimony preparation on Draft 4.1 of the previous week, when the Read More…

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Vermont: Your Attendance is Needed at Two Upcoming Statehouse Events

It is critical that Vermont gun owners have a strong showing at the Capitol during the next couple of weeks so that politicians under the gold dome take notice that their gun bans have widespread opposition. Our constitutional rights have been under constant attack in Montpelier, especially during the last three years. This relentless assault on Read More…

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A Message From the Vt Federation of Sportsmen

Please call House Speaker Mitzi Johnson at 802-828-2245 and leave the message. “No to H.610, a bill that needlessly violates Vermont gun owners rights. We are frustrated that our concerns regarding the legal defects in the bill are being ignored and that the bill is still being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee“ Yesterday afternoon Read More…

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NRA-ILA: Vermont Gun Control Bills Proposed

Lawmakers in Montpelier didn’t wait long before trying to pass extreme gun control legislation.  One would think that the state doesn’t have any real problems, and legislators can focus on the pet projects of their choosing.  No opioid epidemic or budget issues which need to be addressed.  Just political grandstanding.  Given these real world problems, it seems completely out-of-touch to Read More…

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Constitutional Challenge to Office of Legislative Counsel and House Judiciary Committee

Among Vermont’s current plethora of new gun laws, is H 610. Masked in “domestic violence” language, this trash legislation is visibly unconstitutional. After watching initial House Judiciary Committee hearings on this bill, I was stunned that Vermont’s Office of Legislative Counsel (represented at the House Judiciary Committee by Attorney Erik Fitzpatrick) did not even address Read More…

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VTFSC Notice of Action and Public Records Request to the Vermont House Judiciary Committee

Today, shortly after noon, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs served the House Judiciary Committee with a Notice of Action and a separate Public Records Request/FOIA, so that it is possible to better understand the manner in which the leadership of House Judiciary has conducted its business. We did not take this action lightly, we Read More…

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Next House Judiciary Gun Hearing: Date, Time & Details

According to a source at the statehouse, the House Judiciary Committee held its first, of at least two, scheduled witness hearings on Thursday morning, January 9th, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m. The next hearing for scheduled witnesses is on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 to run from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. These two hearing are Read More…

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House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.610 review

The committee convened around 9 and began with the initial reading and breakdown of the bill. The first part of the bill “eliminates the default proceed” procedure on a firearm sale if the FBI can’t complete your “instant” background check within the 3-day period. Given the FBI has let some 1.1 million background checks go Read More…

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UPDATE! Public Gun Hearing Next Wednesday

The Hearing on H.610 was held this morning [January 9, 2020] and only the first four witnesses listed below had time to testify.  Pro-gun rights witnesses are now supposed to be scheduled to testify next Wednesday. [January 15, 2020. Time to be determined] Below is the Agenda that was published for today’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/18 Thursday, Read More…