- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Officials say a national organization seeking greater gun restrictions spent more than $77,000 on lobbying and advertising in Vermont from January to March.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1JvD6sI ) Everytown for Gun Safety devoted the largest chunk of its spending in the state to advertising. The group’s founders include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The National Rifle Association paid its Vermont lobbyist about $12,000 during the same time span.

Lawmakers have been debating a bill that would prohibit criminals from possessing a firearm and require courts to report to a mental-health background check database.

Another provision that would have expanded background checks on private sales was removed from the bill.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’ll sign the bill.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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