The parents of a young Vermont man who committed suicide with a handgun are speaking out against Gov. Phil Scott's veto of S.169, a bill that would have created a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.
As they advocate for changes to be made to laws regarding how quickly those purchasing a gun in Vermont wait to have access to that gun, Rob and Alyssa Black are grieving the death of their son.
Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the 10th state in the country to establish a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns.
Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday evening that he has vetoed S.169, gun control legislation that would have required Vermonters to wait 24 hours to buy a handgun.
The Vermont House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would establish a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns, a measure proponents say is needed to prevent impulsive gun purchases that can lead to self-harm and homicides.
The Vermont House on Wednesday evening gave preliminary approval to gun violence prevention measures in S.169(link is external) on a vote of 82-58. The law is intended to provide a "cooling off" period for people considering suicide. The bill also updates language regarding the purchase and use of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The Vermont House advanced legislation late Wednesday evening that would mandate a 24-hour waiting period before all handgun purchases in the state.
After being watered down in the Senate, sitting in a House committee for seven weeks, and finally passing easily on the House floor, legislation requiring a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases is one vote away from Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.
House lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.
A key House committee on Monday approved legislation that would establish a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, a firearms restriction Democrats have pushed for this year as a suicide prevention measure.
A key Vermont House committee voted 7-4 on Monday in favor of legislation that would require a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases in the state. The bill, S.169, had been stuck in the House Judiciary Committee for weeks, its fate uncertain — but now it's headed for the House floor in the waning days of the legislative session.
If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns?
Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.
Day 137. As I write this it's been 137 days since my 23-year-old son, Andrew Black, walked into a gun store, bought a handgun, drove home and within hours shot himself. On day number three we wrote an obituary, suggesting a way to honor Andrew would be to call your local Representative asking for a brief waiting period for gun purchases. It is heartening to see that such a bill is moving forward at the Statehouse.
Over the past 28 years as a primary care pediatrician and teacher at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and as a member of Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team, I have learned much about suicide and gun violence. I have seen too often how these public health problems affect too many Vermont individuals and families — in spite of the strong safety commitment of most gun owners.
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Paul D. Manganiello, MD, MPH, of Norwich, a emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He is president of the GunSense Vermont Education Fund.
Here’s an update on my work as chair of the House Judiciary Committee Work
(by Rep. Maxine Grad)
Bill Martin of Springfield talked of hunting as a teenager and of the guns he owned in the past as he urged Vermont lawmakers to extend a proposed waiting period for handgun sales, punctuating his call with his own personal story.