Vermont Bump Stock Ban Set to Go Into Effect, Police Start Collecting
Vermont State Police began their anonymous and voluntary collection program this week as the Vermont bump stock ban readies for its Oct. 1 start date.
The ban comes as a part of sweeping gun control legislation signed into law on April 11 by Gov. Phil Scott.
Vermont Bump Stock Ban
Officially titled Act 94, the legislation defines bump-fire stocks as “a butt stock designed to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm and intended to increase the rate of fire achievable with the firearm to that of a fully automatic firearm by using the energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates the repeated activation of the trigger.”
The voluntary collection program began Sept. 17. Vermont resident can anonymously surrender their bump-fire stocks at any of the 10 VSP barracks in the state Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Residents must remove bump-fire stocks from their firearms before entering the barracks.
Those found with bump-fire stocks after the Oct. 1 deadline face up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.
“Barracks staff will take no information about the identity of the person surrendering the bump-fire stock,” police said. “The voluntarily surrendered devices will be held in a secure area in the barracks pending destruction.”
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