Burlington Pushes To Protect Its People

Montpelier (Jan. 28) Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger invoked Newtown, Connecticut and the recent shooting on Burlington’s beloved Church St. last December in another appeal to Vermont legislators to allow Burlington to respond to what it views as a public safety issue.  
The legislation in question is a series of amendments to Burlington’s city charter aiming to minimize the risk of gun violence in the city by banning guns in bars, allowing police to confiscate guns from suspected domestic abusers, and requiring that guns be locked away when not within arms reach of the owner.  
Proposed Acts 566, 567, and 568 were approved by Burlington voters in March 2014, but cannot be made official by the city government because doing so contradicts Vermont Statue, Section 2291(8), which prohibits the regulation of firearms by municipalities.