Vermont white nationalist arrested for alleged gun-related violation

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A self-described white nationalist and online troll accused of harassing a black legislator has been arrested on a charge of violating his release conditions on gun-related charges.

Max Misch, of Bennington, faced arraignment Monday.

Police say Misch purchased a firearm in March, violating a condition that he not buy any guns. He pleaded not guilty in February to possessing illegal, large capacity gun magazines.

“Misch purchased the firearm, paid in full, but did not take possession of the firearm,” said a release from the Bennington Police Department. “The firearm remains in the possession of the local firearms dealer. The release conditions were in effect at the time of the purchase.”

A judge rejected his appeal that the state provision outlawing possession of large-capacity ammunition devices is unconstitutional.

In July, a Vermont Superior Court judge rejected Misch’s appeal that the state provision outlawing possession of large-capacity ammunition devices is unconstitutional.

In a seven-page decision, Judge William Cohen cited numerous court decisions in other states that upheld similar bans. He said the state has “an eminently important and indeed compelling” interest in protecting the public from “gun violence, and in particular, mass shootings.”

Prosecutors say in January, two months after the law took effect, Misch traveled to New Hampshire and bought two 30-round magazines.

Misch’s lawyers want the Vermont Supreme Court to determine if the ban is constitutional.

A phone message was left with Misch’s lawyer.

Last year, former state Rep. Kia Morris resigned after receiving what she said were online and other racial threats. Prosecutors said no laws were violated.

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