Legal challenge filed in Vermont over new gun control laws
By Chris Eger
Gun control legislation was a hot-button item with the crowd at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier as Gov. Phil Scott inked a series of bills into law earlier this year. (Photo: Vermont Public Radio)
A gun rights group in Vermont is taking the state to court over a recent gun control drive that included bumping the minimum age for firearm sales to 21.
The lawsuit, filed in Windham County Superior Court last week by the 7,000-member Gun Owners of Vermont, goes after a package of new regulations signed by Gov. Phil Scott into law earlier this year.
The filing argues the “knee-jerk” legislation was not needed for public safety, saying that Vermont has had few laws curtailing firearm possession, low crime, and a strong gun rights tradition going back to the Revolutionary War.
“The burden when you’re taking somebody’s fundamental rights away is on the government to show why that should happen, and really not on the people to show why they get to keep their rights” Michael Shane, a lawyer for the pro-gun group, told Vermont Public Radio.
A big target in the challenge is the new law raising the age to buy guns in Vermont to 21. While the law allows for adults