Scaled-Back Gun Bill Approved by Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee in Vermont unanimously passed the bill, which would go into effect on Oct. 1.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a scaled back version of a gun bill.

The legislation was unanimously approved by the committee on Friday.

The Times Argus reports that it seeks to prohibit some convicted criminals from possessing weapons and will require people found by a court to be a danger to themselves or others to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The legislation would go into effect on Oct. 1.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Sears said late last month that a gun bill that would have expanded background checks for private gun sales was dead. The bill faced opposition from Gov. Peter Shumlin, gun rights activists, hunters and police chiefs.

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