NSSF-Opposed Waiting Period Legislation in Vermont Rejected by Governor

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a gun control bill that would have mandated a 24-hour waiting period before a firearms transfer could be completed. Gun control advocates pushed for the legislation, claiming it would deter suicide. Opponents, including NSSF, said the legislation doesn’t contribute to public safety but infringes on Second Amendment rights. The legislation originally called for a 48-hour waiting period but was narrowed and applied only to handguns when it was clear it wouldn’t pass the legislature. Gov. Scott said the legislature should focus instead on strengthening the state’s mental health system, reducing adverse childhood experiences, combatting addiction, and improving economic opportunity.