Following this past weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch is calling on House Republican leaders to hold hearings to consider a number of gun control proposals.

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Following this weekend's horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida, the issue of gun control has emerged as a key concern for several of Vermont's gubernatorial candidates.

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On Monday night, supporters of the LGBTQ community held vigils around the state and across the country to pay respect to victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. In Burlington, officials estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 people turned out for the march down Church Street and a vigil held in City Hall Park.

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The deadly shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday morning have rattled the nation, including the Vermont community. We want to create a space for listeners to connect with each other and we will be joined by multiple guests to help facilitate that discussion.

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Vermont's gun laws have emerged as a hotly-debated issue ahead of next week's Democratic presidential primary in New York State — and the leading candidate has selectively used statistics to help frame the debate. 

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Sgt. Jason Covey sits at a conference table in the Middlebury Police Department offices. Displayed out in front of him are three guns. Each one has a little tag attached by a string, looped around the trigger like a price tag, with information about how the department acquired the gun.

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Gun control has long been considered the third rail of Vermont politics, and a debate over universal background checks last year reminded lawmakers why. But a new VPR poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Vermonters support background checks for all gun sales, and even favor waiting periods for firearms transactions. 

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The VPR Poll put some of the biggest questions facing Vermont to ... Vermonters. Novel, huh? They told us a lot.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says he supports President Obama's executive order to expand the use of background checks for gun purchases.

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Editor's Note Dec. 17, 2015: A U.S. Department of Justice representative released information that says the firearm referenced below was not, in fact, used in terror attacks in Paris, but was recovered in Mexico in March.

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Vermont’s governor says recent mass shootings have not altered his stance on gun control. And Peter Shumlin says the events in San Bernardino, California, have only cemented his opposition to state-based restrictions on gun ownership.

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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they support the outline of a new proposed gun control bill. But the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs say the measure won't be effective in reducing gun violence.

The Salisbury Select Board has decided to withdraw a hunting and firearms ordinance that was adopted in August and set to go into effect next week. The board met Tuesday night and decided to withdraw the ordinance when some residents questioned its legality.

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A group of civilians is planning armed security details at military recruitment centers and possibly schools and malls in Vermont with or without the blessing of local law enforcement, according to an email to group members.

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As the state prepares to re-open a controversial shooting range it owns in Hartland, a rift has developed within the Fish and Wildlife Board. One board member says the site is unsafe, but the commissioner strongly disagrees.

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The shooting deaths of nine worshippers in a South Carolina church have spurred calls for tighter restrictions on gun ownership nationwide. But in Vermont, supporters of universal background checks say they won’t mount a concerted legislative push for the measure when lawmakers return to the Statehouse in 2016.

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Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

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Plainfield, New Hampshire residents are still furious about noise coming from a shooting range in Hartland, Vermont. So Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter wants to limit the range’s hours, require a hunting or fishing license and add supervision. The department also plans to install about $20,000 of security and soundproofing upgrades.

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The lawmakers who have taken an oath to represent their constituents are the only ones who vote on legislation, but they’re not the only ones making things happen in the Statehouse every spring – and they’re definitely not the highest-paid.

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The Vermont Senate Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to a controversial bill that aims to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons and mentally unstable individuals. But Second Amendment activists will look to stall the legislation in the House.