MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s Senate president pro tem says he is sponsoring a hot-button bill to require universal background checks on gun purchases.

The controversial legislation could be introduced as soon as Wednesday morning at the Vermont statehouse.

“We’re doing a review of a bill that involves not just background checks but also some other areas involving other parts of the law to make sure to bring it into parity with the federal law,” Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell told Vermont Watchdog on Monday.

The Windsor County Democrat, who began his third two-year term as president pro tem last week, said he decided to sponsor the bill to mediate between liberals who support gun control and conservatives who seek to defend gun rights explicitly guaranteed in both the state and federal constitutions.

“There are other people who were looking to introduce bills that were probably a little more, well, going a lot farther with their desire to deal with certain issues,” Campbell said.

Written by Bruce Parker-
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