Gun Rights Advocates to Speak
The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will present an interactive forum on the gun laws being proposed by Vermont lawmakers in Montpelier on Thursday, February 21. The event will be held in the Franklin Room of the Howe Center in Rutland. Doors will open at 6, with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Terry Williams of Poultney, vice president of the Southern Vermont Federation, will give a brief recap of the proposed Vermont gun laws. Panel members made up of state and national headliners will each address an aspect of the gun debate. Darin Goens, Vermont liaison for the National Rifle Association, Institute for Legislative Action, brings first-hand knowledge of the legalities surrounding gun issues on a national level and specific rules of law in Vermont, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Mark Smith, a constitutional attorney raised in southern Vermont is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, ‘Duped: How the Anti-Gun Lobby Exploits the Parkland School Shooting and How Gun Owners Can Fight Back.’ Retired Orange County Sheriff Sam Frank has experience testifying on gun rights before the U.S. Supreme Court; he participated in the Printz case which determined that the Federal Government violated the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution in requiring state and local officials to perform background checks on gun buyers under the Brady Bill. Rounding out the panel is Evan Hughes, an officer of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, and one of the foremost defenders of Article Sixteen of the Vermont Constitution. An ever-vigilant watch dog for legislative actions, Hughes walks the halls of the Vermont State House to protectgun rights. For details, contact Dolores Luebke at 802-770-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.