City officials in Vermont’s largest city have passed a ban on assault weapons, despite state statute that prohibits such ordinances.
On Monday night, Burlington’s City Council approved a charter change that would ban semi-automatic assault weapons and multiple ammunition clips in the city.
The ban, if ratified by voters, would require approval by the Legislature.
City Councilor Norm Blais, who drafted the resolution, says Burlington had to act locally in the absence of federal and state gun control legislation.
Meanwhile, lawmakers arriving in Montpelier this week are already debating whether they should pass a measure that would effectively permit cities and towns to strike down the state’s restrictive gun laws.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth plans to file a bill that would support a statewide assault weapons ban.