This article by Christie Wisniewski originally appeared Sept. 17 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — With two weeks go to until a state ban takes effect, all Vermont State Police barracks have begun accepting bump-fire stocks from members of the public.
Vermont residents who own a bump-fire stock can anonymously turn it in to any of the 10 VSP barracks throughout the state. Barracks staff will take no information about the identity of the person who surrenders the device.
These devices will be held in a “secure area in the barracks pending destruction,” according to a VSP press release. Bump-fire stocks may not be attached to a firearm when they are brought to the barracks, and the stocks must be removed from weapons before entering the barracks.
A prohibition on the ownership of bump-fire stocks was one element of Act 94, a set of gun regulations that was sponsored by Sen. Dick Sears and signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott in April. Under this new law, possession of a bump-fire stock after Oct. 1, 2018 is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.
The bill also banned high-capacity magazines, raised the minimum age to purchase a gun and expanded background checks to private sales. The constitutionality of the magazine ban has been challenged in two lawsuits.
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