Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed the domestic terrorism bill which aims to prevent mass shootings.
It comes on the heels of a Vermont teen arrested for planning an attack on his former high school.
If someone intends to commit a mass attack now, and then takes a “substantial step” toward doing it he or she could be charged and face twenty years behind bars.
A stark difference from how it used to be.
“You could intend to commit a crime, you could prepare to commit a crime, but unless you actually started to commit the crime you couldn’t be convicted of it.” Said Brattleboro attorney David Silver.
That happened this year in Vermont.
Charges were reduced against Jack Sawyer, a former student at a Fair Haven High School, who police say planned a school attack that was not carried out.
Sawyer was charged with attempted murder but that was reduced when the supreme court ruled that he never actually carried anything out.
Sawyer was released on $10,000 bail and is now back home.