The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont’s law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago.
“Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances,” said Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. “We’re seeing sheriffs in New York oppose the Safe Act and Gov. Cuomo. If we have sheriffs in New York doing this, how much more should we have sheriffs doing it in Vermont?”
On March 4, Burlington voters joined a push by elected officials throughout northeastern states to enact stiffer gun control measures. By a 2-to-1 margin, they banned the carry of firearms in bars and restaurants, authorized police to confiscate guns during domestic disputes and required gun owners to keep firearms locked up at home.
On closer reading, I see that this is actually a press release from VT Watchdog.org.
Anyway, as I’ve pointed out in the past, the Burlington City Council can pass all the gun control ordinances they want, but they aren’t valid and aren’t law until the state legislature gives them permission to violate the state’s preemption law. That’s not likely, and it’s doubtful there would even be a vote on it this year.
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