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Vermont's Legal Landscape On Guns: What Change Could Look Like

J. Scott Applewhite
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AP
U.S. Senate Democrats are launching a filibuster and demanding a vote on gun control measures. Today, we're talking about the legal landscape on guns, gun ownership and gun sales here in Vermont — and what impact any law changes could have.";

The country is once again debating guns after the deadly mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub - perpetrated with guns purchased legally just days before the massacre. If gun laws were to change in response- nationally or here in Vermont - what could those changes look like? 

We're taking a close look at the legal landscape on guns and what impact any law changes could have here in our own state.

We're joined by Tristram Coffin, former U.S attorney for the district of Vermont, now an attorney for Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Burlington.

We'll also hear from Paul Heintz of Seven Days - who recently wrote a piece on the ease of purchasing an AR-15 in Vermont.

Also on the program: Vermont has dropped charges in the first of two sexual assault trials for State Senator Norm McAllister. We'll hear from VPR's Taylor Dobbs on the latest.

This program is broadcast live on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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