Exercise your right to vote, or lose your right to keep and bear arms!

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs held a legislative mixer at the State House on February 18th, giving citizens a chance to meet with legislators and air concerns, primarily over legislation that would infringe on the rights of gun owners under the Second Amendment, the Vermont Constitution, and the Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights.

Speakers specifically highlighted potential changes to the City of Burlington’s Charter that would ban firearms from property where alcohol is served, give law enforcement the latitude to confiscate the firearms of anyone accused or suspected of domestic violence, and mandate “safe” storage of firearms.

Other legislation under consideration would ban lead ammunition and would require private insurance companies to keep a record of clients who own firearms., and universal background checks, which Eddie Cutler of Gun Owners of Vermont described as, “A heinous, backdoor registration scheme.”

Evan Hughes of the Federation refuted false claims by anti-Second Amendment advocates about Vermont being a source of guns going into other states, and cited FBI statistics which show Vermont to be consistently one of the lowest violent crime states in the Union. “The other states should follow our lead and do what we do in Vermont. We’re pretty darn effective at dealing with violent criminals, and we’re pretty darn effective at deterring crime.”

Hughes concluded with an appeal for action at the polls. “Folks, we’ve got to get more people in our ranks to start voting. No two ways around it. It’s very important. If my son can vote from Kanduhar Airfield from Afghanistan in November 2014, what excuse can anybody in our community have for not voting this November?

 REGISTER TO VOTE ON LINE

If these issues are important to you, you can now register to vote on line in Vermont at https://olvr.sec.state.vt.us.

The right to vote and your right to keep and bear arms go hand in hand. Use them or lose them!

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A. Jethro Canton February 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

Can readers be supplied with the correct voter reg. link? The one listed is an error.

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Rob February 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Hmmm. When I click on it, it works.

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