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Avowed White Supremacist's Charges Could Test Vermont Gun Control Laws

Max Misch, alleged to have harassed former Vermont legislator Kiah Morris, is shown here at a press conference held by Attorney General T.J. Donovan in Bennington in January.
Linda Rathke
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Max Misch, alleged to have harassed former Vermont legislator Kiah Morris, is shown here at a press conference held by Attorney General T.J. Donovan in Bennington in January.

Last year, then-Rep. Kiah Morris of Bennington announced she would not seek re-election to her Statehouse seat, citing racial harassment by avowed white supremacist Max Misch. Since then, Misch was charged with unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device or magazine. That charge is now being challenged by Misch, bringing one of Vermont's new gun control laws to the state Supreme Court.

Misch was also subsequently charged with violating the conditions of release for allegedly purchasing a firearm from a Bennington store.

Though he now faces several gun-related criminal charges, Misch has been freed without bail pending a trial.

VTDigger reporter Alan Keays has been following the story and he spoke with VPR's Peter Hirschfeld about where it now stands and where the case is going.

Broadcast live on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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