NEWPORT CITY – In the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shooting last month, lawmakers across the country are considering stricter gun regulations. However, Vermont legislators, at least the local ones, say such regulations need to come from the federal government. “That’s a federal domain, I believe,” said Sen. Robert Starr from North Troy. “They dictate what happens and when it happens.”Starr said that, with the exception of the AK-47 and automatic weapons, he supports the NRA and the weapons “we” have. He said the NRA has given him a 90 to 95 percent approval rating. Starr said he can’t figure out why anyone would need an AK-47. “I would support banning automatic weapons,” said Starr.The issue is a federal one and a touchy one, Sen. John Rodgers of Glover said. He explained that the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to possess guns to defend themselves and their country. For more on what your legislators are thinking about possible gun legislation, read the Newport Daily Express for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.