Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:43:07 GMT
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method. The recommended method will help reduce the spread ofMore >>
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:34 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:34:21 GMT
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. A press release says of the estimated 4,060 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Vermont, about 1 in 4 will be served with American CancerMore >>
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:02:05 GMT
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning. Police say the South Burlington Highway Department is working on fixing the problem. It may take crews a few more hours to fix.More >>
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:37:07 GMT
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for storm development. As a result, you should remainMore >>
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:47:05 GMT
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday. According to CBC, the boil water advisory, affecting more than 1 million Montrealers, covers all areas south of the MetropolitanMore >>
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:51:34 GMT
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. Florida police say the body was identified Monday as 55-year-old Mark Parent, of Enosburg, Vt. Someone calledMore >>
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:09:35 GMT
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.Police say Frederick Gundlach, 74, of Burlington, Vt. was trying to turn around in the parking lot of the storeMore >>
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:30:21 GMT
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. The tribe will have exclusive rights to the casino gambling in the North Country. It also means they will haveMore >>
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:35:35 GMT
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida. ABC News reports while law enforcement officials were asking about the suspect'sMore >>
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:09:42 GMT
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity. The Scuffer Steak and Ale House on Church Street donated 15% of their profits last night to the Humane Society of ChittendenMore >>
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity.More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
A day after the toughest gun restrictions in the country were signed into law in New York... in Washington, the President announced a similar plan on the national level.
-Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammo clips
-Have everyone who purchases a gun undergo a universal background check
-And make more funds available for mental health care.
President Obama also says, school security needs more support.
"Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I believe most of them agree that if America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown."
And in New York, Governor Cuomo is already facing the same opposition the President says he expects. Only yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed the strictest gun rules in the nation into law. And gun rights activists are already calling for repeal. Those against the law say if the restrictions are not repealed, they'll take the issue to court. Another group opposed to the Governor's new law actually started an online petition to get him impeached. The petition is on the White House's web site and it's calling for the President to impeach Governor Cuomo for quote "violating" second amendment rights. The petition already has about 3,905 signatures as of 5:25pm. They would need 25,000 by February 14th.
Legislation in Vermont hasn't even come to the floor yet, and already there are a lot of people upset. Yesterday, we told you about one senator who's proposed a bill that would ban semi-automatic guns.
Governor Peter Shumlin still wants to wait and see what happens at the federal level, before we make any changes at the state level, but other senators aren't confident in Congress and are already proposing bills and a gun task force to start a full discussion locally.
"These granite walls were built to contain the heat of a really powerful debate," State Senator Philip Baruth said.
And that's indeed what Baruth's bill has done. "At this point I can tell you that I don't support his bill," State Senator Richard Sears said.
Let's break down the proposed bill. It would ban semi automatic guns, limit the amount of bullets in a cartridge to ten and require parents to put locks on all guns. This was introduced Tuesday.
I asked Sen. Baruth, "how many emails have you received since yesterday about this?" He replied, "I would say 150."
Baruth say's about 75 percent of them were against his plan. "It grandfathers any weapon that's currently owned, it grandfathers and exempts antique weapons or collectable's, so we're not talking about taking anybody's guns," Sen. Baruth said.
Senator John Campbell has proposed a gun task force. It would include gun enthusiats, and victims of gun violence... gain their input, and then make a proposal.
"Our children... their lives and the lives of others are far too important for us not to do anything," Sen. Campbell said.
I spoke with someone from the National Rifle Association who says mental health is the real problem and says lawmakers need to leave guns alone. Even with that input, many lawmakers feel confident there will be a change in gun control by the end of this legislative session, even if it means both sides compromising.
"It may not be what everybody wants," Sen. Campbell said.
There's a public hearing set for February 7th at the Statehouse to discuss the assault weapons ban proposal. At that time, a new bill that would ban felons from possessing firearms will be introduced.
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