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Huge crowd packs State House for gun hearing

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018


MONTPELIER – Anyone who might have questioned Vermonters’ passion about gun rights, both pro and con, had only to show up at the State House Tuesday evening where a public hearing was held on three proposed new gun laws.

The hearing was scheduled to be held in the well of the House, the biggest room in the State House, in anticipation of a crowd. It filled up long before the hearing started. People were told to go to the cafeteria where they could watch on video and eat popcorn. But that quickly overflowed, too. So two big hearing rooms were opened up, still not enough to accommodate the crowd, many of them wearing orange hats, jackets, or hunting vests to show their opposition to any new gun control measures. They also sported stickers that said: “Don’t New York my Vermont gun rights.”

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