Move to ban ammunition in Vermont?

MONTPELIER - The House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee is currently considering legislation (H. 484) which could potentially ban the sale and use of nearly all private ammunition in Vermont.

The bill would require the Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources to set up a program to identify and ban the distribution of certain toxic chemicals.

During recent questioning before the House committee, regarding the potential impact of H. 484, Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner Justin Johnson said that it was foreseeable that the enactment of this legislation could outlaw the ammunition Vermont residents use for hunting, plinking, or self-defense.

Following Johnson's testimony, proponent Charity Carbine of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group testified about the bill's contents and did not challenge the commissioner's assertion that H. 484 could result in the banning of ammunition.

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