Fox News reports that H. 375 “at first glance appears to propose fee updates on mundane items — from lottery ticket sales to license renewals.”
However, opponents say tucked away in the bill are provisions for “the storage of firearms confiscated during domestic disputes.” The gun-related provisions were requested by Gov. Peter Shumlin in October. The law will purportedly allow the police to take guns during domestic disputes.
Gun Owners of Vermont president Ed Cutler told Vermont Watchdog:
It’s a highly illegal confiscation bill. H.735 is a forfeiture bill that tells police if a person gets a temporary restraining order, they have to come into the house and take all weapons — not just firearms, but all weapons.
Cutler told Watchdog the bill could apply to any dangerous objects which can be used as a weapon found during a domestic-dispute investigation. “It could be steak knives, it could be firearms, bows and arrows, baseball bats, chainsaws, you name it. It leaves it to the discretion of the cop.”
State Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, severely criticized the bill, saying “Vermonters would be “deprived of their property and … told they have to pay to get it back without ever having had a day in court. Confiscating Vermonters’ property without due process violates the U.S. Constitution. I don’t own a gun, but I do care about the Constitution, and when you bypass that, I find that offensive.”
Vermont joins a growing list of states trying to enforce what many see as unconstitutional gun control laws. Recently this author wrote about the state of Conn. last year signing a bill that turned as many as 100,000 once legal gun owners into criminals. It is now a Class D Felony to own the recently banned weapons and magazines.
In Feb. Conn. gun owners were told to “destroy, sell or relinquish” banned firearms and magazines. The state of Conn. estimates over 350,000 “assault weapons” belonging to as many as 100,000 gun owners remain unregistered.
Also in Feb. a California man’s home was raided and his guns were seized because of incorrect information showed he was ineligible to own them. Two weeks after the raid on the man’s house agents called him with a bit of good news. It seems he was eligible under state law to still possess firearms, so fortunately his weapons were given back to him.
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