Vermont: Universal Background Checks Defeated for 4th Consecutive Year

Darlene DeMaagd of Barry County, right, and her daughters, Amy, and Krista, and husband, Ross, left, shoot at targets on their range behind their rural Barry County home. Photo taken June 12, 2011. ( Rex Larsen | The Grand Rapids Press ) SLUG: CONCEALED GUNS PERMITS MICHIGAN

On May 12, Vermont lawmakers rejected initiatives designed to put universal background checks in place for law-abiding citizens in the state.

This was the fourth consecutive year that universal background checks have been rejected in Vermont. quoted Gun Owners of Vermont’s Bob DePino, who explained that universal checks were pushed but defeated in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. After the gun control was defeated again this year, DePino said, “They keep coming. They tried and they tried it again.”

One of the bills introduced this year — S31 — “would have made criminal background checks required for all private gun sales.” Another bill — H775 — would have put the background checks in place with “exceptions for sales within a family, and sales to military and to police.”

DePino referred to S31 as “UBC” (universal background checks) and to H775 as “UBC light.”

There were also gun control bills which targeted lead ammunition, implemented new restrictions on shooting ranges, and required home insurers to be informed of guns in the home. All of these bills failed as well.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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