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Copyright (c) 2011 Vermont Law School
Vermont Law Review

NOTE: FIREARMS FOR FELONS? A PROPOSAL TO PROHIBIT FELONS FROM POSSESSING FIREARMS IN VERMONT

Summer, 2011

Vermont Law Review

35 Vt. L. Rev. 957

Author

Jay Buckey*

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Introduction



These two statements from opposite sides of the gun control debate demonstrate that, despite a great deal of disagreement about gun control in this country, there is fairly wide consensus that felons should not own guns. This is because it is well established that felons are more likely to commit crimes in the future. 3 The federal government bans possession of firearms by almost all felons because of the link between past crimes and future violence. 4 In contrast, Vermont has no state law that bans firearms for felons. Vermont prosecutors can take no action (besides referral to federal agencies) against felons who illegally possess guns. This Note proposes that Vermont pass a law similar to the federal law to ban felons from owning guns, which would keep Vermont safer as well as protect Vermonters' gun rights. This Note also proposes such a statute.



Federal restrictions on gun ownership by felons date back to the 1930s. 5 Since then, federal firearm legislation has expanded to restrict the sale of guns to various prohibited classes of people such as the mentally ill. 6 The law aims to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands and to diminish gun violence. 7 Many states also passed separate laws restricting who can own guns. However, Vermont has no law banning any adult from owning firearms, and all citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 8 There are no restrictions on felons ...
 
 
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