In 2018, Vermont enacted legislation to generally restrict the sale, purchase, possession, manufacture, and importation of large capacity ammunition “feeding devices.”1 However, this law created an exception for the possession of large capacity magazines that were lawfully possessed on or before the date the law was enacted (April 11, 2018).2
These restrictions apply to a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept:
- more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a long gun; or
- more than 15 rounds of ammunition for a hand gun.3
However, Vermont exempts certain magazines, including those manufactured or sold solely for use by a lever action or bolt action long gun, an antique firearm, or a curio or relic4 or “attached tubular devices” that are designed to accept, and only capable of operating with,.22 caliber rimfire ammunition.5
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- See Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4021 (enacted by 2017 VT S 55, Sec. 8.
- Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4021(c)(1).
- Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4021(e)(1).
- “Curio or relic” means a firearm that is of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than its association with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4021(e)(2)(C).
- Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4021(e).