The effort to enact state preemption law-violating “gun control” measures in Burlington is being advanced in steps as recommended by Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson of Essex and anti-gun activists, the Vermont Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs reported yesterday, citing the latest “Vermont this Week” Public Television panel. The revealed game plan is to settle for incremental gains and then go back later to try for further measures,
“[T]he Burlington City Council's charter committee changed its proposed gun control ordinance … in hopes of having it pass at the Burlington Council City Public Hearing,” VFSC told its supporters in an advisory alert.
Moderator Stewart Ledbetter made no attempt to solicit balance on the TV panel, and adopted the rhetoric used by anti-gunners without question, referring to proposed restrictions as “gun safety regulation[s]” and semi-automatic firearms as “assault weapons” with “high capacity magazine clips.”
But the key admission came from Terri Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press.
“So, this is a way to inch things forward on the gun control issue,” she observed. “You go to one of Vermont's most liberal municipalities and you get a tiny bit, then maybe you inch forward."
What the Burlington Council is inching toward is indicated by the June 17 minutes of the Charter Change Committee, showing a wish list of controls encompassing semi-auto bans, concealed carry bans, mandatory registration, and an “ordinance for police to seize weapons,” among other edicts they wish to enact.
“This is just what Vermont gun rights advocates have said all along in defending your Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights,” VFSC noted, referring to Hallenbeck’s statement. “The City of Burlington has no intention of limiting their proposed gun control ordinance campaign to just the issues they hope to pass now. And, this will become about guns, ammo, reloading, ranges, as well as hunting, fishing and trapping ordinances all over the state.
“This is a state-wide campaign to slice and dice our Vermont Sportsmen's of Bill of Rights and Burlington is the initial attack site,” VFSC concluded.
In a related development, VFSC put the City of Burlington on notice on Friday “that the Charter Change Committee of the Burlington City Council has retained a five issue agenda for which the city does not have the authority to enact.
“There is more than sufficient legal precedent and statutory authority on this subject for the city to know that the city is undertaking an action that the ordinance authority it seeks is beyond its legal reach,” VFSC Vice President Evan Hughes warned Burlington officials. “If the city does continue forward with the agenda …we suggest the city closely review its liability coverage with its insurance carriers.”
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