Proponents say veto of gun waiting bill will cost lives

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks before signing a gun restrictions bill on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. On Monday, June 10, 2019, Scott vetoed a bill that would have established a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Proponents of a Vermont bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns say the veto by the Republican governor will cost lives of people contemplating suicide.

While gun rights' activists say they appreciate the veto of what they felt was an unconstitutional infringement of their rights, they don't believe it will restore their trust in the governor that was lost last year when he signed an earlier series of gun laws.

Late Monday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the waiting period bill passed by the Legislature. He said he did not believe the legislation would address the underlying causes of violence.

He urged the Legislature to work with him to strengthen the state's mental health system, combat addiction and provide hope for every Vermonter.

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