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Title 13 : Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 085 : WEAPONS

Subchapter 001 : GENERALLY

(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. § 4017)
  • § 4017. Persons prohibited from possessing firearms; conviction of violent crime

    (a) A person shall not possess a firearm if the person has been convicted of a violent crime.

    (b) A person who violates this section shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

    (c) This section shall not apply to a person who is exempt from federal firearms restrictions under 18 U.S.C. § 925(c).

    (d) As used in this section:

    (1)(A) "Firearm" means:

    (i) any weapon (including a starter gun) that will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;

    (ii) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; or

    (iii) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.

    (B) "Firearm" shall not include an antique firearm.

    (2) "Antique firearm" means:

    (A) Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898.

    (B) Any replica of any firearm described in subdivision (A) of this subdivision (2) if the replica:

    (i) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition; or

    (ii) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and that is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

    (C) Any muzzle loading rifle, muzzle loading shotgun, or muzzle loading pistol that is designed to use black powder or a black powder substitute and that cannot use fixed ammunition. As used in this subdivision (C), "antique firearm" shall not include a weapon that incorporates a firearm frame or receiver, a firearm that is converted into a muzzle loading weapon, or any muzzle loading weapon that can be readily converted to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breechblock, or any combination thereof.

    (3) "Violent crime" means:

    (A)(i) A listed crime as defined in subdivision 5301(7) of this title other than:

    (I) lewd or lascivious conduct as defined in section 2601 of this title;

    (II) recklessly endangering another person as defined in section 1025 of this title;

    (III) operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substance with either death or serious bodily injury resulting as defined in 23 V.S.A. § 1210(f) and (g);

    (IV) careless or negligent operation resulting in serious bodily injury or death as defined in 23 V.S.A. § 1091(b);

    (V) leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury or death as defined in 23 V.S.A. § 1128(b) or (c); or

    (VI) a misdemeanor violation of chapter 28 of this title, relating to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults; or

    (ii) a comparable offense and sentence in another jurisdiction if the offense prohibits the person from possessing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) or 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20).

    (B) An offense involving sexual exploitation of children in violation of chapter 64 of this title, or a comparable offense and sentence in another jurisdiction if the offense prohibits the person from possessing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) or 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20).

    (C) A violation of 18 V.S.A. § 4231(b)(2), (b)(3), or (c)(selling, dispensing, or trafficking cocaine); 4232(b)(2) or (b)(3)(selling or dispensing LSD); 4233(b)(2), (b)(3), or (c)(selling, dispensing, or trafficking heroin); 4234(b)(2) or (b)(3)(selling or dispensing depressants, stimulants, and narcotics); 4234a(b)(2), (b)(3), or (c)(selling, dispensing, or trafficking methamphetamine); 4235(c)(2) or (c)(3)(selling or dispensing hallucinogenic drugs); 4235a(b)(2) or (b)(3)(selling or dispensing Ecstasy), or a comparable offense and sentence in another jurisdiction if the offense prohibits the person from possessing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) or 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20).

    (D) A conviction of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance other than marijuana in another jurisdiction if the offense prohibits the person from possessing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) or 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20). (Added 2015, No. 14, § 1; 2017, No. 83, § 161(3).)