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Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont 's own Constitution very
carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping
some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register "non-gun-owners" and require
them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Thus Vermont would become the first
state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and
assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.

Maslack read the "militia" phrase of the Second Amendment as not only
affirming the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as a
clear mandate to do so. He believes that universal gun ownership was
advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a
"monopoly of force", by the government as well as criminals.

Vermont 's constitution states explicitly that "the people have a right
to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State" and those
persons who are "conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms" shall be
required to "pay such equivalent." Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have
a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable
of responding to "any situation that may arise."

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required
to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's
license number with the state. "There is a legitimate government interest
in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked
to do so,"
Maslack says Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along
with the least restrictive laws of any state .. it's currently the only
state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a
permit. This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them
has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the
system, but too early to shoot the ********."
This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay
taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns.
Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way.
 

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Rep. Maslack has it right!! Finally a politician with STONES!! Too bad winter is so long and cold and summer too short up there. It's not that far of a drive for us to Vermont though.
 

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HEY...Obama should jump on this guys bandwagon and charge 100.00 per household for not owning a firearm...

no more defecit
 

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I have spent a great deal of time in VT. I have a lot of family there. Cold is right. Last time I was there was in mid october, and we got 6" of snow.

During the summer the skeeters will drive you mad.
 

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hunt/fish365 said:
I have spent a great deal of time in VT. I have a lot of family there. Cold is right. Last time I was there was in mid october, and we got 6" of snow.

During the summer the skeeters will drive you mad.



I've spent alot of time there too. Made some good friends and shot some big moose. Hunted deer there but I feel like it is easier to find Bigfoot than a deer.
. But I love Vermont and will move there if I ever get the chance. It's my home away from home.
 

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My father is a farmer in northern VT, and he offered me some land if I wanted to move there. I declined. I often thought about going there to hunt deer, but he is in his 50's, and have never got a deer. Not sure I want to spend that much on a tag to see nothing. He has a lot of fields, creek bottoms and woods. I've never seen a deer there.
 

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your funny moose i`ve been tring to get out and back home and your tring to get here ....hunt /fish where is your fathers farm?
 

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your funny moose i`ve been tring to get out and back home and your tring to get here ....hunt /fish where is your fathers farm?


Where you at in northern VT?
 

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i am in fletcher which is right outside of fairfax ,actually i`m in fairfax everyday ,I bet your father knows me .many of my customers are in fairfax
 

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i am in fletcher which is right outside of fairfax ,actually i`m in fairfax everyday ,I bet your father knows me .many of my customers are in fairfax


Why do you want to leave Vermont?
 

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well ,I`m surrounded by liberals ,its getting harder to find land to hunt ,getting very expensive to live here ,its not home ............. but ive set roots here and I dont think it will happen any time soon ,maybe a camp in the near future hummmmmmmmm.
 

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I know there are alot of liberals. I hunt in the Northeast Kingdom and there is just so much land to hunt it's hard to know where to start. I hope to have a nice place in Danville VT one day.
 
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