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PHOTO COURTESY OF BOBBY RICHARDS

checks was a hot issue, with several local
television stations covering the story.
Later, on Feb. 11, hundreds of
gun owners opposed to the measure
gathered at the Capitol to testify against
the legislation in a committee hearing.
Observers said it was the biggest crowd
to descend on the Statehouse since 2000,
when Vermont debated and ultimately
passed a civil unions law.
Vermont's governor, Democrat Peter
Shumlin, hasn't embraced the background
check scheme, either. Firearms ownership
in the state is a given for many across

What's more, the background check
legislation, like that pushed in other
states, goes far beyond what supporters
of the measure would have you believe.
"This 'universal' background check
bill is deeply flawed," said nra's Goens.
"First, there is no such thing as a
'universal' background check because
criminals do not submit to background
checks. This bill will do nothing but
place more burdens and expenses on
honest, law-abiding gun owners when
the focus should be on enforcing current
laws and locking up the bad guys.

(Richards) began looking
around and found that
six of his guns were "for
sale" with ads he didn't
place, and that he was
being described as an
unlicensed seller.

Crossfire Arms' Bobby Richards (top) is filing suit against
Bloomberg's Everytown for copying his ads and defaming his
business practices (bottom).
party lines and ideologies. Freedom and
independence are widely shared values.
In fact, Shumlin has even said
Vermont doesn't need to pass laws that
mirror federal gun laws.
"If you're willing to break federal
laws, you're likely to be willing to break
state laws," Shumlin said, demonstrating
that common sense also prevails in the
Green Mountain State.

"Can you imagine a widow who wants
to sell guns from her husband's collection
to his longtime buddies at the gun club
having to require each and every one to
submit to a background check? States
that have gone down that path, like
neighboring New York and New Jersey,
charge $100 per nics transaction."
Proponents of the private sales ban
would have Vermonters believe that

the state is a major source of crime
guns in neighboring Massachusetts. Yet
batfe data shows that when guns in
Massachusetts are traced from crime
scenes back to their state of origin,
Vermont actually comes in behind states
from California to Georgia to Maine.
The facts simply don't indicate that
Vermont's freedom is giving criminals a
popular place to purchase guns.
What they do show is that
"crime guns" are usually stolen from
law-abiding gun owners or bought by
straw purchasers (those who can pass
a background check who illegally buy
a gun for someone who can't). It is also
already illegal for anyone to knowingly
sell a gun to someone the person knows,
or has reasonable cause to believe, is
prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Note that the background check
measure isn't the only gun issue that
will be in front of the legislature this
session, according to Goens. Last
spring, the city of Burlington passed a
set of gun ordinances despite the state
having a firearms pre-emption law that
prohibits municipalities from enacting
their own patchwork of laws. Those
ordinances must be approved by the
legislature and signed by the governor
to take effect.
Everytown's attempt to push
California-style gun control laws
on other states is nothing new. But
doing so in a state like Vermont, with
extremely low violent crime and very
independent-minded residents, is a new
tactic. That's likely why Everytown tried
to prop up the legislation with a bogus
"sting" operation to create false data and
a false narrative.
"Yes, Bloomberg and his minions are
going to throw unprecedented amounts
of money, especially for Vermont, at this
issue," Goens said. "But this is a small
state with a strong hunting heritage,
and gun owners who are proud of who
they are and what their track record has
been. Calls are already streaming into
the Capitol.
"Make no mistake: This is going to be
a tough fight, and a lot is at stake. This
is more than just Vermont. The national
gun control cabal is looking to notch a
victory they can dangle in other states
and in the Congress."
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