State “bump stock” bans are going over like Lynyrd Skynyrd tapes at an NPR fundraiser. Vermont’s gun grab netted almost nothing:
State police told local media this week that a total of two reciprocating stocks were turned in prior to the Oct. 1 deadline. Two! That’s it! For the entire state!
The ATF estimates that there are up to a half million bump stocks in circulation in the U.S. While it’s not clear how many are in The Green Mountain State, it’s almost certainly more than two! [Going purely proportional share of the population, the number could be right around 1,000 – Ed.]
It’s not like they couldn’t have predicted this:
Authorities in Vermont should not be shocked by the poor turnout. Compliance in the other eight states that have prohibited them has also been virtually nonexistent.
Only three stocks had been surrendered by the February deadline in Massachusetts, and as of earlier this year, none (0) have been turned in since Denver and New Jersey banned the devices, as GunsAmerica previously reported.
Henceforth, any citizen caught possessing a bump stock faces up to a year in jail, a fine of $1,000 or both, Vermont State Police Capt. Tim Clouatre told NBC5.
Kinda makes you wonder how it’ll work when they start going for the guns themselves…