Vermont governor signs state’s first significant gun restrictions

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) on Wednesday signed a gun law raising the minimum age for gun buyers from 18 to 21 and banning high-capacity magazines. The legislation also makes it easier to take guns away from people deemed to pose a threat. The law contains the first significant restrictions on gun owners in the largely rural state. Some demonstrators outside the Statehouse shouted “thank you,” while others, some clad in hunter orange, yelled, “Traitor!” Scott called for gun restrictions after authorities arrested a student on Feb. 15, the day after the Parkland, Florida, school massacre, on charges that he was planning a school shooting. “This is not the time to do what’s easy,” Scott said. “It’s time to do what’s right.”

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