Vermont Governor Signs Bill Banning Paramilitary Training Camps

On Monday, the state of Vermont passed a statewide prohibition on running or keeping paramilitary training camps following approval by Gov. Phil Scott (R).

A proposal for the legislation came after a firearms training facility was constructed without approval, and was deemed a menace by neighbors, according to the Associated Press.

Those charged with violating the law can be slapped with five years of prison time, a $50,000 maximum fine, or both.

Allison Anderman, who serves as senior counsel and the leader of the pro-gun-control Giffords’ Guns & Democracy project, lauded the new legislation, calling it a “commonsense policy” that will lessen issues surrounding “dangerous, illegal, and anti-government firearms intimidation.”

The notorious anti-gun organization justifies its stance by misinterpreting the Second Amendment, claiming usage of the phrase “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” means that individual Americans have no right to keep and bear arms.

As Reason noted, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who drafted the majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, asserted that interpreting the sentence in such a manner is nonsensical, as it would cancel the obvious meaning of the operative clause, which is to say the latter part of the quote.

Despite being a registered member of the Republican Party, Scott is observably very far-left in his views.

Recently signed legislation by the Vermont governor includes a bill that protects access to an abortion drug called mifepristone, regardless of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as a separate law that aims to ensure legal protection for doctors who mutilate patients in the same of providing so-called “gender-affirming care.”

Vermont’s newly signed law will have no effect on legitimate law enforcement purposes or lawful activity by any educational institution where military science lessons are taking place. It also allows for self-defense teachings, practice without the intention of creating a civil disorder, and pastimes such as hunting, target shooting or firearms collections.

Now, a man who reportedly owns a 30-acre firearms training center in southern Vermont has been given a deadline to rid the Pawlet site of all unapproved constructions by this summer. Should the demand not be honored by June 23, he could be arrested and fined up to $100,000.