Communities Against Assault Weapons (CAAW) members in the Upper Valley began meeting weekly since the tragedy in Newtown to brainstorm the problem of gun violence. The group agreed that the first step is to try to pass a measure at every 2013 Vermont Town Meeting urging for state and federal legislators to:
- Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines
- Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime, with real penalties for those who arm criminals
As of January 16, CAAW reports the towns of Thetford, Norwich, Strafford, and Woodstock have the required number of signatures to get the article placed on the Town Meeting ballot. Group facilitator Laurie Levin of Norwich reports there are numerous other towns in the state where citizens are close to the required signatures to submit before the late-January deadline.