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.”