When the mass shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School happened on February 14, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) was ‘A’-rated by the NRA. Two days later, he was notified by Fair Haven police that they had arrested an 18 year-old who was plotting a school shooting to “exceed the body count from the Virginia Tech shooting.”
Gov. Scott was stunned. He reassessed his views about gun policy and determined he had been wrong. “I support the Second Amendment, but I had to ask myself, ‘Are we truly doing everything we can to make our kids and communities safer?’” recalled Scott. “Because if we’re at a point where our kids are afraid to go to school, and parents are afraid to put them on a bus…or families can’t step in to prevent a loved one from taking their own life—then who are we?”
When the Vermont state legislature sent Governor Scott a sweeping gun reform bill after the tragedy at Parkland, the governor decided to do the right thing. On April 11, 2018, he signed into law the toughest gun control legislation in Vermont’s history. It includes:
- Universal Background Checks
- Ban on possession and sale of bump stocks
- Ban on future sale of long-gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds, pistol magazine holding more than 15 rounds
- Extreme Risk Protection Orders to temporarily disarm individuals in crisis
Please contact Governor Scott through one of the channels below and give him the following message (personalized to your liking):
Thank you so much for signing Vermont’s historic new gun control legislation into law. These new policies—universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, ammunition magazine limits—are going to save precious lives that would otherwise be needlessly lost. Families across Vermont will be spared suffering as a result. I want you to know how much I appreciate you taking this step with full knowledge of the political ricks entailed. That is what true leadership is all about. Whatever you might lose in power or money, sir, you will gain in legacy. I will make sure everyone I know is aware of your act of compassion and decency.
Once you have contacted Gov. Scott, click the orange banner above to report taking action!