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Vermont Senate passes bill to raise age to purchase guns, mandates universal background checks

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Friday afternoon, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would both raise the age from purchasing a gun from 16 to 21, and also mandate universal background checks.

Gifting guns to people under 21 ad possessing a gun under 21 remains legal.

The amendment to raise the age passed by a vote of 21 to 9, while the amendment for universal background checks narrowly passed 17-13.

It needed 16 votes to pass.

Read more about the bill, and how the votes were broken down here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/S.55


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