January 17, 2013

Vt. gun range bans Burlington police after vote

The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont firing range is telling the Burlington Police Department its officers are unwelcome to train after the City Council advanced a measure to ban semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines.

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The Burlington Free Press reports a letter from the board chairman of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club says it can no longer support the city with such a "prejudice" against the club and a threat to constitutional freedoms. It has voted to suspend the city's use of its range for law enforcement.

The City Council voted earlier this month to craft the ban. It would have to go before voters and then legislators.

Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling said the city's exclusion from the range likely would affect how and when officers train with firearms.

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