Misch arrested on weapons-related charge

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BENNINGTON — Max Misch, who gained national attention for online harassment that factored in the resignation of state Rep. Kiah Morris, was arrested Wednesday after a search of his Bennington residence for alleged possession and transportation of large capacity ammunition feeding devices in violation of state law, Vermont State Police said.

Police did not, however, link the charge to Morris in the release from Lt. Reg Trayah.

Trayah said State Police began investigating on Jan. 25 an allegation that Misch, 36, had purchased large capacity ammunition feeding devices in violation of provisions in state gun control legislation that was enacted last spring.

Morris had accused Misch of participating in the online racial harassment she cited as a major factor in her decision to resign from her House seat in September.

Misch has admitted that he enjoys "trolling" Morris and others online and during public events. He showed up during a media conference in mid-January, when Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that Morris had been a victim of racial harassment, but that no crimes had been committed that would lead to a conviction and he would not be charged.

Members of NAACP chapters in Vermont and others have since been critical of Donovan for failing to file any charges in the harassment and alleged threats to Morris, which dated back to the fall of 2016 and had resumed last fall.

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Trayah stated in the release that Misch was cited to appear at Bennington Superior Court Civil Division Thursday at 12:30 p.m. to face the charge.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office, Trayah said.

He added, "More information will be available with the affidavit of probable cause after the arraignment of Max Misch."

Gun law provision

Misch was cited under the following provision of the state's new gun legislation:

"Beginning April 11, 2018, the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, purchase, or receipt or importation into Vermont of large capacity ammunition feeding devices is prohibited. This prohibition does not apply to large capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on or before April 11, 2018, and the prohibition on importation into Vermont does "not include the transportation back into this State of a large capacity ammunition feeding device by the same person who transported the device out of State if the person possessed the device on or before" April 11, 2018. The prohibition on possession, transfer, sale, and purchase of large capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed by licensed dealers before April 11, 2018 does not take effect until October 1, 2018."

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont, including the Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal. Twitter: @BB_therrien     


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