Roll Call! Senate Bans Firearm Sales to Persons Under 21, (21-9)

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in the State Senate on March 2, 2018 by a vote of

Purpose: To ban the sale of firearms to persons under the age of 21.
Analysis: This amendment makes it a crime to sell a firearm to a person under 21 years of age. Doing so carries a penalty of not more than one year in jail, not more than a $1,000 fine, or both. Exceptions are made for a law enforcement officers, members of the National Guard, and of the U.S. Armed Forces purchasing firearms for purposes their official duties.
Those voting YES are in favor of raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21.
Those voting NO sought to keep the age requirement at 18, noting that people who are old enough to vote and to serve in the military and in law enforcement with high levels of firearms training would be prohibited from purchasing a hunting or sporting rifle under this law.
Senate Journal, Friday, March 2, 2018. “Thereupon, pending third reading of the bill, Senators Ashe, Balint, Ayer, Baruth, Bray, Brooks, Campion, Clarkson, Cummings, Ingram, Lyons, McCormack, Pearson, Pollina, Sirotkin and White moved to amend the bill… Which was agreed to on a roll call, Yeas 21, Nays 9.” (Read the Journal, p. 344-347)

How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) –  YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) –  YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) –  YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) –  YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) –  YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) –  YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) –  YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) –  YES
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) –  YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) –  YES

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Christopher Sulzman March 6, 2018 at 10:17 pm

This is a very bad public policy vote that does nothing but take away our liberties. There is no evidence based information that this will do anything positive and I feel It was only done to appease your voter base. I will remember and use my vote in the future.”


Steven Pike March 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

At least the Republicans were largely correct on this feel good but do nothing except discriminate against younger people bill. Westman, however, is a good progressive and stuck with the Democrats.


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