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Judge rejects motion to dismiss firearms-related charge

July 2, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss a firearms-related charge against a self-described white nationalist and online troll accused of harassing a black legislator.

Max Misch, of Bennington, was accused of possessing illegal, large capacity gun magazines. The Bennington Banner reports Misch’s lawyers argued that a state provision outlawing possession of large-capacity ammunition devices shouldn’t be allowed under Vermont’s Constitution. A judge on Friday disagreed.

A lawyer helping to represent Misch said Monday that no decision had been made whether to appeal.

Former Democratic State Rep. Kia Morris resigned last year after receiving what she said were online and other racial threats. Prosecutors said Morris was the victim of racial harassment, but no charges would be filed because of free speech protections and insufficient evidence.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com