Ethan Sonneborn says that if he were governor, he would sign gun-reform legislation that is expected to pass the Vermont Senate today after the past week’s debate and more than a month of wrangling with the details. But he would also back an assault weapons ban not included in the bill or any other being considered by the state’s lawmakers.
The eighth-grader, 13 years old, is running as a Democrat in the state’s August primary. He won’t be able to vote for himself, but if enough other Vermonters do, he could be Governor Sonneborn come January because the state has no minimum age for the top post.
As extremely unlikely as that outcome appears, so did some some of the provisions contained in a gun reform bill—S.55—that seems to be headed by day’s end to the current governor for his signature.
As it now stands, the bill already passed by the House would raise the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21 for buying any firearm, set bullet capacity limits on gun magazines, ban bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to be fired more rapidly, and extend background checks to private sales of firearms.