By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The head of a key Senate committee says a bill expanding background checks for gun buyers that drew hundreds to a State House hearing earlier this month is dead.

The Burlington Free Press ( ) reports that the most controversial part of the bill would have required most private gun sales to go through a federally licensed firearms dealer, with the buyer undergoing a background check.

The bill faced opposition from Gov. Peter Shumlin and hunters and police chiefs.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Sears said Wednesday that the bill is dead. The panel instead took testimony on part of the legislation that would prohibit people convicted of certain crimes from possessing guns.

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Gun Owners of Vermont say they also oppose that provision.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press,

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