Montpelier is teeing up new gun reforms

Montpelier is teeing up new gun reforms. The package of proposals is aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of young offenders and focusing on prevention.

A new bill introduced this week aims to curb gun violence among young offenders.

The bill, introduced by several Senate lawmakers, would ban the sales of semi-automatic firearms to people under the age of 21.

The bill would make youthful offenders subject to universal background checks when they attempt to purchase guns, and it would create a $10 million grant fund that communities can use to treat gun violence and substance abuse.

But, there are new questions about whether the proposal is constitutional. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s concealed carry law in public areas.

The new ruling has thrown existing gun laws, as well as future proposals, into legal uncertainty.