Vermont Senate to consider handgun buy waiting period
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate is poised to consider a proposal that would create a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns.
WCAX-TV reports the proposal was approved Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 3-to-2.
The proposal would also roll-back some restrictions on high-capacity magazines that became law last year.
Democratic Sen. Dick Sears, the chairman of the committee, says the bill is a compromise. An earlier proposal was for a 48-hour waiting period.
Sears says he proposed the one-day waiting period after hearing from a gun shop owner who said many handgun purchases are made impulsively. He says a waiting period could save lives.
Republican Sen. Joe Benning opposes the measure. He says didn’t hear evidence showing the waiting period will work.
Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com