- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill setting some new restrictions on firearms ownership.

The bill passed on a voice vote Thursday. It includes new authority for the state to prosecute someone for possessing a firearm after a previous conviction for certain classes of violent felonies, child-sex and drug crimes.

It also includes new provisions for reporting to the federal background check system when people have been determined by a court to be mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others. Those people could seek re-instatement of their gun rights when determined to be no longer a threat.

The bill does not include an original provision that would have required background checks for private gun sales except those between immediate family members.

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