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A new bill would call for universal background checks on gun sales.

“I know how lucky I was to survive, it doesn’t always turn out that way,” said Pamela Simmons, a domestic and gun violence survivor at Tuesday’s press conference.

Parents, lawmakers, and advocates packed the Vermont Statehouse in support of universal background checks on gun purchases.

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“Right now gun sales are treated differently depending on where the gun is purchased,” said Ann Braden, President of Gun Sense Vermont.

This bill would expand background checks to private firearm sales. It would make exceptions for law enforcement, active military and immediate family.

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