Scott defends handgun waiting period veto; says he’s open to other measures

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Days after vetoing a 24-hour waiting period on handgun purchases in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott said he’s open to other gun-control measures. 

“Gun safety is an area I’m willing to advocate for and support, which is not something I believe any other governor in Vermont’s history can say,” he said.

At a press conference Wednesday, Scott told reporters he spent last weekend mulling over the legislation, which would have established a 24-hour waiting period before a handgun buyer could take possession of the firearm.

Scott said he reviewed data from nine other states that have similar laws, and in the end wasn’t convinced it would lead to enhanced public safety.

“The law that was brought that was passed by the legislature, I just don’t think is effective,” he said. “I don’t think the 24 hours is effective. The action we took last year was significant, I think we all can agree to that and I think we need to allow Vermonters to adjust to that.”

In 2018, Scott signed sweeping gun legislation into law including mandated universal background checks, a gun purchasing age of 21, a ban on bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.

The governor also created a ‘Community Violence Prevention Taskforce’ which recently delivered a report. Scott says it included further gun-safety measures but wouldn’t elaborate.

The report hasn’t yet been made public.

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