9/18/13 – Gun Control Advocates Hire High-Powered Lobbying Firm

Paul Heinz of Seven Days reports today that the newly formed anti-Second Amendment group, Gun Sense Vermont, is upping the ante in their quest to pass a laundry list of restrictive gun control laws in Vermont. The group, led by Ann Braden of Brattleboro, has been busy this summer, traveling the state, giving talks in libraries, town halls and church basements (my own church basement included!), making their case, signing up members, and collecting names on petitions. They’re gearing up for action come the 2014 legislative session.

Gun Sense Vermont, has grown to more than 1000 members and is planning a far more serious and strategic push at the Statehouse this winter.

Rather than advocate for the most divisive approaches to gun control — such as bans on specific types of weapons and ammunition — the organization plans to push for measures Braden thinks have wider support. On its wish list are expanded background checks, tougher gun trafficking laws, a safer gun storage mandate and a state ban on felons possessing firearms.

Significantly, Braden says her group is planning to retain the A-list Montpelier lobbying firm Sirotkin & Necrason, which last year successfully pushed to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and to let physicians prescribe life-ending drugs for the terminally ill. (Seven Days, 9/18/13)

The appetite in the State House for tackling any gun control legislation is outwardly low, particularly after the backlash experienced last year when Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth offered and then withdrew language banning assault rifles and Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson offered a bundle of gun control bills, all of which languished on committee room walls. Vermont politicians are also no doubt thinking hard about the successful Colorado recall of two leading anti-Second Amendment politicians, including the president of the Colorado Senate. Nvertheless, Vermonters who value their Second Amendment rights need to take this seriously.

Gun Sense Vermont has enlisted some high-powered helpers along the way, including former governor Madeline Kunin, who are capable of garnering national attention large dollar donors. The senate Majority Leader is still simpatico to their cause. And, the hiring of Sirotkin & Necrason indicates that Gun Sense Vermont is ready to play hardball.

Message: Don’t take Vermont’s best in the nation gun laws for granted.

– Rob Roper

In Case You Missed it, here is EAI’s coverage of Gun Sense Vermont’s March press conference in the State House. https://youtu.be/kahnqmrB2Bs.


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Durwood Preston September 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm



Ed Cutler September 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Ann Braden of Brattleboro is lying when she states there are 1000 people in her organization. We attended there rally in Bratt a few months ago and there were only a handful of people there. There rally in Montpelier on a bright sunny day had around 100 and that was there biggest turnout to date. The next week we had a rally where better than 800 showed up in a snowstorm. There funding is presently coming from the Bloomberg group and the new England coalition to prevent hand gun violence. A division of Brady. and the main member in Vermont is Bob Williamson of South Woodstock. He is a board member of the new England group. He is from Chicago and thinks we should be like that crime free city. Ill see MS Braden’s 100 members and raise her 3800 Gun Owners of Vermont members. We will never accept there gun control schemes here and will fight them in the legislature and in the courts.
Yours in freedom
Ed Cutler
The Gun Owners of Vermont


Bob Smitton April 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

And they were claiming 7000 what, just over a month ago? Nothing but lies and propaganda from that group. https://vtcdl.org/images/anti-files/nonsensevt-lies.png


Robert Rich October 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

In 2010 there were 7 murders in Vermont, 2 of which were committed with a gun. Vermont’s population at that time was 625,741 with 42% of that population being gun owners. With Vermont having among the most gun-friendly laws in the country, and with a corresponding remarkably low gun-crime rate, one has to wonder what the real agenda is for Gun Sense Vermont. It certainly can’t be lowering an almost non-existent gun-crime rate. Rational minds can easily extrapolate that it is no coincidence that Vermont’s gun laws favoring the Second Amendment directly result in a very low crime rate. Compare that to place such as Chicago with very restrictive gun rights and a correspondingly high gun-crime rate and you again have to wonder what the goal of Gun Sense Vermont really is.


Bob Smitton April 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

Or a place such as D.C. with a comparable population to the state of Vermont. Granted they are packed more densely but it is next to impossible to legally own and carry a firearm there while here it is about as commonplace as wearing pants.


Ron phillips April 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Don’t let it pass the senate or we could have a Nevada rebellion here!


Heidi May 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Ha ha ha lmao. How do they claim 1000 members? Even their Facebook page has only 378 likes. And I know a good number of people who are pro gun who have “liked” their page for the sole purpose of keeping track of what GunsenseVT is posting. Ha ha ha 1000 members. Complete BS. They can’t even find a picture of a rally with enough of their people to claim and post. Had to steal one from a PRO 2nd amendment rally to claim as their own. Ha ha ha lmao still.


Donna May 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Based on Heidi remarks,I’m joining
Make that 379


Dinah June 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

We should not take this for granted. This issue needs guidance. Thank you for giving people awareness.


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