Gun rights activists gave away 1,200 free high capacity magazines at a rally outside Vermont State House to protest new legislation that would ban them and introduce a series of other control measures.
Hundreds of demonstrators turned out on Saturday to urge Republican Governor Phil Scott not to sign the gun restrictions bill a day after it was passed by the state legislature.
The legislation would ban the 30-round magazines and rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks, in addition to raising the legal age. It would also expand background checks for private gun sales.
Gun rights activists handed out the 30-round magazines as they called on Vermont Governor Phil Scott to veto a gun control bill after it was signed by the state legislature
Scott acknowledged that many Vermonters would be disappointed by the vote but said he would sign off the measures despite opposing them himself as recently as two months ago.
'I share it. I know why they are disappointed,' Scott said. 'But I think at the end of the day, they'll soon learn that what we have proposed, what's being passed at this time, doesn't intrude upon the Second Amendment.
'It doesn't take away guns, and I believe that we will get accustomed to the new normal, which is trying to address this underlying violence that we are seeing across the nation.'
Public opinion in the Vermont has been affected by the arrest of a teenager on charges he was planning a shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School, which he once attended.