State Laws

Vermont Gun Laws


Of all the United States Vermont has one of the lowest restrictions on firearms. No state permit is necessary to purchase rifles, handguns, or shotguns. Rifles, shotguns, and handguns do not need to be registered. Vermont does not have an assault weapon law for any kind of firearm. Firearm owners are not required to be licensed to have rifles, shotguns, or handguns.

No permits are needed to carry handguns, rifles, or shotguns. No permit is necessary to carry a concealed weapon and no open carry permit is needed. There are not NFA weapons restrictions for Vermont shotguns, rifles, or handguns. There are, however, state preemptions for local restrictions for both handguns and long guns. No restrictions through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Check system are necessary for firearm transactions.

Gun Control Laws
Because Vermont has so little restriction on firearms, only certain laws apply. It is a state requirement that all gun dealers keep filed records of any and all handguns purchases. Vermont citizens are prohibited from carrying a firearm onto courthouse property or school property. Vermont law prevents local law enforcement from regulating the transfer of, the possession of, the registration of, the ownership of, or the licensing of any kind of firearm.

Vermont allows state citizens to carry concealed firearms or openly carry firearms without requiring a permit, which is called the Vermont Carry. A majority of the United States do not allow non-residents to possess or obtain firearms under some circumstances or at all. Vermont instead does not distinguish a difference between those who are state residents and those who are not state residents. Vermont law allows all individuals inside state borders to fully use their rights to bear arms without restriction.

Firearm Freedoms
Vermont was made the fourteenth state in 1791 and soon adopted a constitution that was based on the Bill or Rights and the United States Constitution. The 1793 constitution guarantees the necessary freedoms for citizens and allows individuals the right to bear arms for self-defense. Vermont law takes this constitution very literally, even over two hundred years later.

Possessing Weapons
Most states require that individuals be at least eighteen years of age to possess a firearm. Vermont stipulates that individuals only need to be of age to possess a firearm. This age is sixteen. After the age of sixteen, an individual is permitted to lawfully purchase firearms and to possess a loaded firearm on him or herself while in public. Those who are under the age of sixteen first need to acquire parental or guardian permission to carry a loaded firearm. Minors who do not obtain the proper permission will be subject to juvenile delinquent matters through the state.

Felony offense convictions and being dishonorably discharged from the military will prohibit individuals from purchasing firearms when a federal instant check is run. Other infractions and illegal activities will also prohibit individuals from possessing firearms. Taking a concealed weapon on school or courthouse property will result in a year of imprisonment or a fine of one thousand dollars. All firearms are to remain concealed unless being used for self-defense purposes.

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Vermont Felony
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Vermont Bankruptcy Laws
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