ESSEX, Vt.  — The obituary of a 23-year-old Vermont man who killed himself with a gun he’d bought the same day included a call to change the state’s gun laws.

Andrew Black died by suicide in Essex last week. In his obituary, his family remembered him as kind and adventurous — and requested that people work to pass legislation that would create a waiting period for gun purchases.

Alyssa Hughes Black says her son bought a gun the morning of Dec. 6, and shot himself a few hours later. The family is asking for legislation that would impose a “cooling off” period to guard against impulsive violence.

The state of Vermont does not mandate any time in between buying a firearm and actually receiving the firearm.


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