In letter to Washington, Scott calls on Senate leaders to take up gun measures


MONTPELIER, Vt.- Governor Phil Scott is calling on Senate leaders in Washington to act now on gun violence.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham Scott said he believes there are reasonable options to consider that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

In 2018, Scott signed sweeping gun legislation that included expanded background checks, a ban on bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. It also raised the age to purchase a gun to 21.

The legislation followed what police call a foiled school shooting in fair haven.

On Thursday, Scott said he thought it was important to share “our story” with his fellow Republicans n the US Senate.

“There are some common sense solutions here that we have implemented, red flag legislation,” said Scott. “I believe in increased background checks. Those are two areas where I think we can make significant gains in terms of safety for Americans and Vermonters.”

Graham’s office declined to comment.

In a written statement Thursday, McConnell’s office said Senate leaders are awaiting “word from the White House about what the president is willing to sign.”

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