Roll Call! Senate Passes Background Checks for Private Firearm Purchases

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in the State Senate on March 1, 2018 by a vote of

Purpose: To mandate that the private transfer of firearms by sale, gift or other between individuals to undergo a background check.
Analysis: The Baruth Amendment would require those selling, giving or otherwise transferring ownership of a gun to undergo a federal criminal background check performed by a licensed firearms dealer. Exemptions are made for members of the military, law enforcement officials, and transactions between immediate family members.

Those voting YES believe the measure will help prevent future mass shootings or other gun violence.

Those voting NO believe this constitutes an undue financial and logistical burden on law abiding gun owners. The background check process can cost as much as $100 (often more than the firearm itself), and finding a licensed firearms dealer to perform the check could prove difficult. Moreover, they believe that this measure will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and therefore will not prevent violent crimes.
Senate Journal, Thursday, March 1, 2018“Thereupon, the recommendation of amendment was agreed to on a roll call, Yeas 17, Nays 13.” (Read the Journal, p. 327-332)

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) – NO
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
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) – NO
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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