VT State Police announces collection program for bump-fire stocks

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 5: A bump stock device, (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is installed on a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Congress is talking […]

WATERBURY, Vt. (NEWS10) – Vermont State Police will begin accepting “bump-fire stocks” from the public.

Police say the collection program is voluntary and anonymous.

The program comes after the passage of a new firearms law which bans the possession of bump-fire stocks in the state. Police say the state defines these devices as the following, “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.”

People may turn in these devices during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday at any of the Vermont State Police barracks.

Police say bump-fire stocks cannot be attached to a firearm when brought to a barracks for disposal. The devices must be removed from firearms before entering the barracks.

Under the new law, anyone found in possession of a bump-fire stock can face a year in prison and $1,000 in fines.

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