Vermont House passes legislation imposing new gun restrictions

Vermont House passes legislation imposing new gun restrictions

The Vermont House this week passed legislation imposing new restrictions on gun ownership, including raising the legal age for buying a gun to 21 years old.

The legislation passed Tuesday in the Vermont House by a vote of 89-54, falling mostly along party lines, The Associated Press reported.

It's the second time the legislation was approved by the House, something required by Vermont law. A version of the bill has also passed Vermont's Senate, but the Senate must pass the bill for a second time.

The House legislation also bans high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.


During the vote, a crowd of people opposed to the measures filled the Statehouse wearing orange hunting vests, according to the AP.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, said he was prompted to back new gun legislation after the arrest last month of a teenager who was allegedly plotting a shooting at a high school in the state.

"It's a tremendous responsibility as governor to make sure that you protect the citizens of the state so this isn't an easy decision for me to make, but I have to look at it broadly and ask myself, do some soul searching and ask myself ... are we doing everything we can to protect our kids, and the answer for me at that point in time was no," he said during a news conference.

Opponents of the Vermont legislation argued that the measures were not constitutional and said the new restrictions would not ensure school safety.