- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington voters have passed three gun control measures that Vermont legislators will have to approve before they can become law.

The three articles, endorsed by voters as part of Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day, will allow police officers to confiscate guns, ammunition or weapons from suspected domestic abusers; ban firearms from locations with liquor licenses; and require firearms to be locked when not with a person using them.

Mayor Miro Weinberger said he welcomes the voter support for the measures and says it represents an important step forward for public safety.

Ann Braden of Gun Sense Vermont said in a statement on the group’s website that the vote was “a strong message to our state’s leaders that Vermonters support sensible gun laws that will make our communities safer.”

“This display of grassroots activism shows that gun safety measures are both a winning issue and a priority for Vermonters, and now it’s time for our elected officials in Montpelier to take action,” Braden said.

But Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs was critical of the measures and predicted they would face an “uphill battle” in the legislature. He expressed concern about the precedent they might set for other municipalities.

“They’re not sound public policy. They’re political shenanigans,” Hughes said.

Hughes said his organization would research what legal action could be taken if state lawmakers approve the measures.

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