- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - State representatives, gubernatorial candidates and members of Gun Sense Vermont rallied in support of a proposed bill that would require universal background checks for all gun buyers.

Thursday’s rally at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier was held to shine a light on the state’s need to equalize background checks across all firearms purchases.

The rally doubled as support for the re-election campaign of Sen. Phil Baruth, a Chittenden Democrat who sponsored the legislation.

Baruth, the Democratic majority leader in the state Senate, says he plans to introduce the bill on the first day of the 2017 session if he is re-elected come November.

According to Baruth, the new law would require all sales go through a dealer with background checks - effectively ending the gun show loophole.

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