Gun rights lawyers spar with state attorneys over magazine limit

Gun rights lawyers spar with state attorneys over magazine limit

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Judge Mary Miles Teachout listens to arguments regarding a complaint challenging the state’s high-capacity gun magazine ban. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Center stage in the first hearing Tuesday on a constitutional challenge to Vermont’s ban of high-capacity gun magazines is the Legislature’s responsibility in drafting the law — and a Supreme Court decision handed down 115 years ago. Attorneys with ties to the National Rifle Association argued in Washington County Superior Court that the ban violates the right of individuals to bear arms under the Vermont Constitution. The Attorney General’s office says the state has legitimately imposed a ban on high capacity magazine clips. Last year, the Legislature passed a provision that prohibits the use of rifle rounds with more than 10 shells and handgun magazines with more than 15 shells. Congressional Democrats in Washington D.C. proposed a similar limit on magazine rounds yesterday. The Vermont Attorney General’s office says high capacity magazines make it possible for a single shooter to kill dozens of people within a matter of minutes. Recent examples include school shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida , on Valentine’s Day a year ago and the 2012 Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shooting that left 20 elementary school students dead. A day after the Parkland shooting in which 17 students were killed, police arrested a 19-year-old man who was accused of a plot to shoot students at Fair Haven Union School. In response, Gov. Phil Scott and the Legislature agreed to a gun restrictions package that […]

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