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:
|Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:00 AM |
H. 610 – An act relating to firearms and domestic violence
Walk-through and testimony.
- Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
- Kaegan Mays-Williams, Counsel, Everytown for Gun Safety (11:00 AM)
- T.J. Donavan, Attorney General, State of Vermont
- Sarah Robinson, MSW, Deputy Director, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
- David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General’s Office
- Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
- Eric Davis, Vice President, Gun Owners of Vermont
- Ed Cutler, President, Gun Owners of Vermont
- Chris S. Bradley, President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
- Tim Meehan, Lobbyist, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
- Evan Hughes, Lobbyist, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
On January 6th the two gun control bills, H.600 and H.610 were released. The Vermont Legislature returned to Montpelier on Tuesday, January 7th Today, January 8, the House Judiciary notified gun rights folks that a hearing H.610 was scheduled for 9 AM the next morning in the House Judiciary Committee.
The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs has long held that laws should achieve sound public policy, in compliance with the state and constitutions. Legislation should not be pushed out in haste or without a deliberate legislative review process. Is political gamesmanship being played with gun control bills?
In 2018 Vermont once again had the second lowest violent crime rate in the nation. 2018 was the last year for which the FBI has released data.
Yet, once again gun control advocates are needlessly hasty in pushing for more Vermont gun control laws. This is exactly why our folks need to vote.
H.600: Suspicious Activity Reports with the Commissioner of Public Safety: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0600/H-0600%20As%20Introduced.pdf
H.610: An act relating to firearms and domestic violence https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.610