The tiny image of a swastika on a WWII-era rifle owned by the State of Vermont has caused a big uproar among ‘social-justice’ and gun-control advocates. It was among the seized firearms for sale by the State of Vermont; now, after a decision by Gov. Phil Scott, it’s not.
"As Seven Days reported Wednesday, the department has in recent months been selling hundreds of seized and abandoned firearms to make room in police evidence rooms. Among the remaining weapons are two World War II-era 8mm Mauser K98 bolt-action rifles featuring the Nazi Reichsadler emblem — an eagle clutching a swastika. One of the two guns was up for bid when Seven Days' story went to press. Though an April 2018 law mandated the sale of all the seized and abandoned firearms, the governor found that he had the discretion to choose when to sell them, according to Scott spokesperson Rebecca Kelley. "With that determination, the governor directed BGS to hold both weapons as we determine next steps," she said. "As any additional sales go forward, those two will not be included."
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