Sen. Leahy: Vermont Has Low Crime Rate but ‘Doesn’t Have Gun Control’

By Eric Scheiner | January 11, 2011 | 4:37 PM EST

( - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) noted that his home state of Vermont has a low crime rate despite its lack of gun control, but he also said what works in Vermont may not work in all areas of the country.

At an event focusing on the upcoming agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday, a member of the audience brought up Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, asking Leahy: “In the wake of last weekend, do you think there should be more talk about gun control and do you for see any legislative push for that on Capitol Hill?”

“There will be, but I don’t know if much will change it,” Leahy responded.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

"I mean, that’s an easy answer. It’s interesting; Vermont has the lowest crime rate in the country, lowest or second lowest, and doesn’t have gun control. But I would not want Vermont laws to be in an urban area. We have to decide what works best.” Leahy said.

Vermont is one of the few states in the nation that requires no permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Eric Scheiner
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