Vermont Legislature: Proposed Bills 2021-2022
(HOUSE)
Gun Owners of Vermont
Analysis
Bill #Bill Title, Summary and SponsorsBill StatusAction Needed
H.5
GOOD
An act relating to hearing protection while hunting

An act relating to hearing protection while hunting.
This bill proposes to authorize a person to possess, use, or carry a gun suppressor while hunting.

Sponsors: Rep. George Till
House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife
H.110
BAD
An act relating to a 48-hour waiting period for firearms transfers

Subject: Criminal procedures; firearms; waiting period
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a 48-hour waiting period for most firearms transfers.

Sponsors: Representatives Mrowicki (D) of Putney, Till (D) of Jericho, Ancel (D) of Calais, Anthony (D) of Barre City, Black (D) of Essex, Bluemle (D) of Burlington, Brady (D) of Williston, Briglin (D) of Thetford, Brumsted (D) of Shelburne, Colston (D) of Winooski, Dolan (D) of Essex, Goldman (D) of Rockingham, Hooper (D) of Burlington, Houghton (D) of Essex, Kitzmiller (D) of Montpelier, Masland (D) of Thetford, Squirrell (D) of Underhill, Stebbins (D) of Burlington, Townsend (D) of South Burlington, Walz (D) of Barre City, Wood (D) of Waterbury, and Yantachka (D) of Charlotte
House Committee on Judiciary
H.132
BAD
An act relating to possession of firearms by persons subject to final relief from abuse orders

An act relating to possession of firearms by persons subject to final relief from abuse orders

This bill proposes to prohibit the possession of firearms by persons subject to final relief from abuse orders.

Sponsors: Rep. Maxine Grad (D), Rep. Ann Pugh (D), Rep. Selene Colburn (D)
House Committee on Judiciary
H.133
BAD
An act relating to emergency relief from abuse orders and relinquishment of firearms

An act relating to emergency relief from abuse orders and relinquishment of firearms

This bill proposes to clarify that a court issuing an emergency relief from abuse order has the authority to require relinquishment of the defendantís firearms.

Sponsors: Rep. Maxine Grad (D), Rep. Ann Pugh (D), Rep. Selene Colburn (D)
House Committee on Judiciary
H.145
BAD
An act relating to amending the standards for law enforcement use of force

Subject: Government operations; law enforcement training; use of force policy
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the standards for law enforcement use of force to make clarifying changes

THIS BILL THAT TOUTS LAW ENFORCEMENT RESTRICTIONS, IS ACTUALLY TARGETED AT YOUR RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE! THE CHANGE BELOW WILL ADVERSELY EFFECT EVERY VERMONTER'S ABILITY FOR THE DEFENSE OF OTHERS!
Sec. 4. 13 V.S.A. ß 2305 is amended to read:
ß 2305. JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE
If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless:
(1) in the just and necessary defense of the personís own life or the life of the personís spouse, parent, child, sibling, guardian, or ward; or
(2) if the person reasonably believed that he or she was in imminent peril and that it was necessary to repel that peril with deadly force, in the forceful or violent suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, or robbery,
The UNDERSCORED sections were DELIBERATELY added to REMOVE the long-standing ability for Vermont citizen's to defend ANYONE from bodily harm! You can't defend your grandparents or aunts and uncles, your cousins, or your next-door neighbor. You cannot come to the aid of a law enforcement officer in trouble.
The domestic violence groups should be APPALLED that this bill will prevent a person from protecting his/her neighbor who is a victim of domestic violence!

Sponsors: Representatives Grad (D) of Moretown and Christie (D) of Hartford
Signed by Governor on May 13, 2021
H.172
BAD
An act relating to trapping and hunting

An act relating to trapping and hunting
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit trapping of animals unless conducted by a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator. It establishes a nuisance wildlife trapping license. It also prohibits the use of dogs in hunting black bears.
This is a complete ban on trapping.

Sponsors: Rep. James McCullough (D)
in House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife
H.272
GOOD
An act relating to possession of firearms by persons convicted of a violent crime

An act relating to possession of firearms by persons convicted of a violent crime
Subject: Crimes; firearms; possession by persons convicted of a violent crime
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create an exception to the prohibition on firearms possession by persons convicted of violent crimes if the conviction is for violating an abuse prevention order and the offense was committed before July 1, 2015.

This bill corrects the unconstitutional action of previous legislation that makes crimes retroactive.

Sponsors: Rep. Patrick Brennan (R)
House Committee on Judiciary
H.288
BAD
An act relating to background checks for firearms sales

An act relating to background checks for firearms sales
Subject: Criminal procedures; firearms; background check
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit firearms transfers until after the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has affirmatively provided notice that the transfer may proceed, removing the option of permitting the transfer to proceed if NICS ha not provided notification of a failed background check within 3 business days.

Backlog? Same name as a wanted fugitive? You know the list. This would give the government ZERO impetus to confirm your rights. If they NEVER complete your search it is exactly what they want. You are disarmed.

Sponsors: Rep. Michael Mrowicki (D)
House Committee on Judiciary
H.302
BAD
An act relating to criminal threatening in schools

Subject: Crimes; criminal threatening
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide an enhanced penalty for criminal threats involving the use of firearms or explosives at a school.

This is another "Thought Crime" bill!
The mere useof words creates and automatic FELONY charge even if there is no action or capacity for action.
Criminal thought crimes are the hallmark of the Police State.

Sponsors: Representatives Grad of Moretown, Canfield of Fair Haven, Dolan of Waitsfield, Stevens of Waterbury, and Wood of Waterbury
House Committee on Judiciary
H.343
BAD
An act relating to municipal regulation of firearms discharge

Subject: Municipal government; regulatory provisions; police powers; regulation of firearms discharge
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow municipalities to adopt ordinances that may limit or reduce, but not prohibit, the discharge of firearms at an existing sport shooting range.

HERE is the second direct attack on the Sportsman's Bill of Rights!

Sponsors: Rep. Michael Yantachka (D) & Jessica Brumsted (D)
House Committee on Government Operations
H.371
GOOD
An act relating to hunting with a muzzle loader

Subject: Fish and wildlife; hunting; licenses; muzzle loader; handgun
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the holder of a muzzle loader to possess a handgun while hunting, provided that the license holder shall not take game with the handgun while hunting.

Sponsors: Rep. Christopher Mattos (R)
House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

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