Yesterday, Governor Phil Scott vetoed S.169, a bill that would have required a 24-hr waiting period for handgun purchases. The VMS and AAPVT released the statement below expressing disappointment and saying that while no single intervention will solve the problem of gun violence, the requirement of a waiting period to purchase firearms would help to address the proven connection between impulsivity, access to firearms, temporary crises and suicide deaths. To read the Governor’s statement click here.
Vermont Medical Society Disappointed with Veto of 24-hr Waiting Period Bill
MONTPELIER – June 11, 2019 – The Vermont Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter express disappointment in the veto of S.169. As physicians and physician assistants, we know that no single intervention will solve the problem of gun violence. However, the requirement of a waiting period to purchase firearms helps to address the proven connection between impulsivity, access to firearms, temporary crises and suicide deaths. Given that Vermont has a higher than average rate of suicide deaths and our youth suicide deaths consistently place us in the top quartile in the U.S., S.169 was one step in the direction of saving lives.
We thank the Vermont Legislature for its work this year on this important legislation. We also recognize the Governor’s support of important firearm safety legislation enacted last year and support of other important mental health and community service interventions. But, a waiting period continues to be an important intervention to prevent gun violence, especially death by suicide. We hope the Governor will be an active participant in similar life-saving initiatives in the future.