A lawsuit challenges the state’s newly passed 72-hour waiting period for firearms purchases and a ban on high-capacity magazines that became law in 2018. Emboldened by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that created a new test for restrictions on firearms, gun rights organizations are taking the state of Vermont to court over two recently passed laws. The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs argues that the laws violate Vermonters’ Second Amendment rights. One contested law, approved last year, imposes a 72-hour waiting period for firearms purchases. The other law bans high-capacity magazines and became law in 2018. When Vermont lawmakers passed a myriad of gun control measures earlier this year, they knew that a court challenge would likely follow. Monday’s lawsuit is not the first time the Federation has taken the state of Vermont to court over its gun control laws. In 2018, the group unsuccessfully sued over a package of gun control legislation Scott signed into law that year, which included the high-capacity magazine ban.
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