- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate once again has delayed debate on a trimmed-down bill that sets some new restrictions on firearms ownership.

The bill includes new authority for state law enforcement officials to prosecute someone for being a felon in possession of a firearm - for certain classes of violent felonies.

It also includes new provisions for reporting to the federal background check system when someone has been determined by a court to be mentally ill and a danger to him- or herself or others.

It does not include an original provision that most angered gun-rights advocates. That provision would have required background checks for private gun sales, except those between immediate family members.

The bill originally was on the calendar for debate Thursday, and then Tuesday. Now it’s set for Wednesday.

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