The Wall Street Journal: Vermont bill to raise gun-buying age and ban high-capacity magazines heads to governor’s desk

The Vermont Senate passed a bill Friday that will heighten restrictions on firearms, including raising the purchasing age to 21 for many people and banning high-capacity magazines.

The bill, sent to Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s desk, marks the latest move to tighten regulations after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month.

The Vermont bill also marks a significant shift for a state that, despite its liberal reputation, is a largely rural place with a high rate of gun ownership and few historic gun regulations on the books.

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But the tone shifted after the Florida shooting and an apparent close call in Vermont that same week, when police said they had thwarted an alleged, potential shooting attack by a teenager on a local high school.

Scott said in a statement after Friday’s vote that he supports the new bill, along with two other gun-control measures that are advancing in the legislature, because he believes they uphold constitutional rights “while taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of violence.” A spokeswoman confirmed he plans to sign all three bills pending a technical review.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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