Shot heard 'round Vermont: State senator drops restrictive gun-law proposal

Vermont State Sen. Philip Baruth (D).

Vermont State Sen. Philip Baruth (D). File photo

— A pro-Second Amendment rally on the steps of the Vermont State Capitol Building Jan. 19 had the desired effect—it was a “shot” heard ‘round Vermont. And a state senator blinked.

Over 300 pro-Second Amendment citizens took part in the Vermont edition of a 50-state rally to show their support of the law of the land regarding the constitutional right of citizens to bear arms.

The “pro-gun” rally caught State Sen. Philip Baruth (D) by surprise. The liberal Chittenden County senator had proposed a sweeping ban on assault weapons. After the rally, Baruth withdrew his proposal

“It’s painfully clear,” he said to reporters. “I don’t believe there’s much support in Montpelier for this sort of bill."

Baruth had introduced his anti-gun bill approximately one week before the Second Amendment rally was held in 50 state capitals.

“It’s painfully clear to me now that little support exists in the Vermont Statehouse for this sort of bill,” Baruth wrote in a news statement that was published following the rally. “It’s equally clear that focusing the debate on the banning of a certain class of weapons may already be overshadowing measures with greater consensus, like tightening background checks, stopping the exchange of guns for drugs, and closing gun show loopholes.”

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