VERMONT GUN LAWS

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QUICK FACTS

Carry In VehicleYES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Vermont gun laws are the most permissive in the United States. The state does not issue permits for carrying firearms and operates on an "Unrestricted" policy. Any person 16 or older (Federal law requires the age to be 18) and who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to carry openly or concealed. There is no distinction between resident or non-resident, both are allowed to carry without a permit in Vermont.

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Vermont allows any person who is legally allowed a firearm to carry in the state without a permit.

New Laws

Three new laws where signed in April 2018. They are as follows;

Magazine restrictions - Bans the sale or possession of magazines holding more that 15 rounds for a handgun or 10 rounds for a longun.

Must be 21  - all gun sales must be completed through a licensed firearms dealer unless the transfer is to  a family member.  Buyers must be at least 21 years old, however, this does not apply if the person has completed a Vermont hunters course or is in the the military or law enforcement.

Confiscation - allows the police to confiscate a firearm if the person poses a threat.

Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

NO PERMIT REQUIRED

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • School building or school property
  • School bus
  • Courthouse
  • Any state institution
  • A building with controlled points of public access, metal screening devices at each point of public access, and locked compartments, accessible only to security personnel, for storage of checked firearms
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

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Scott
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Scott

How about a handgun?

Scott
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Scott

If I’m from ct can i buy a rifle in Vermont

james
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james

new jersey resident who spends a great amount of time in vermont skiing and camping…can i carry or is there an application process as a non-resident?

Benhamin
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Benhamin

US citizens in VT have a permit. THE CONSTITUTION.
Are you US citizen? Then carry.

Ryan
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Ryan

I’m an NJ resident and just went to VT two weekends ago, and I bought a holster just for the trip, because I wanted to see what freedom from oppression felt like. I carried a G26L IWB everywhere. All I needed was my FID. I also carried my AR on a 1-point sling during a night stroll down one of their dark back roads. Granted, I was unaware of the 10-round limit for long guns at that time……

Micahel
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Micahel

Do you need a receipt to prove you purchased a high capacity magazine before Oct 2018? How would they know?

Connor
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Connor

The only real way they would know is that there is a date stamp in the mags when it was made. So if the manufacturing date was before the ban then really they don’t have proof that you didn’t buy it 5 years ago or yesterday.

CNJ
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CNJ

A coworker of mine carries a sidearm in the glove compartment with a loaded magazine and chamber. It’s my understandings night that the chambered round is illegal. Please enlighten me. Thank you.

Thin_Blue_Line
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Thin_Blue_Line

They are allowed to have a round in the chamber and a magazine loaded.

James Whelan
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James Whelan

No its illegal

Benjamin
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Benjamin

Handguns can be carried in any condition.
Long guns unloaded and ammo physically separated.

Beau
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Beau

Can I carry a handgun concealed at 16. It wasn’t quite clear do I have to be 18?

Dakota
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Dakota

Youre good my guy.. im 20 and a resident of springfield.. i asked the police sargent personally and his response was “if you are legally allowed to own a firearm and the firearm is registered to you, you can carry, just please conceal carry so we dont get calls for you walking down the street with a gun on your hip”

Here parents/guardians/spouses over 21 can gift/transfer any firearm to someone under 18

Anthony Guzman
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Anthony Guzman

Can a private seller sell to non residents by accident?

Beau
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Beau

If they were unknowingly sell them the gun then no they are not liable.

2d Amendment Lawyer
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2d Amendment Lawyer

It’s a grey area as they could still end up being arrested and dealing with the courts to prove that they it was an “accident”

Dylan
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Dylan

I had a restraining order in Massachusetts over 7 years ago that was expired then I live in Vermont. Can I now go and apply for a firearm listener and can I have a gun now?

Beau
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Beau

If you get it from a private seller.

Matt
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Matt

I go to college in Vermont and am a citizen of the state but live in Massachusetts when I’m not in school. What are the laws about if I was going to purchase a handgun at 18 and bring it back to Mass? What about an AR-15 which is legal in Vermont but not in Mass? I have an FID in Mass.

TJ clifford
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TJ clifford

Gotta be 21 to buy handgun in Vermont

Glen
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Glen

You can’t carry it in mass but you can possess it must be secured out of reach

Jim
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Jim

You can buy an AR-15 as long as its complete and not just a lower but you can not bring it back to Mass

Chris
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Chris

I live in maine and travel to vermont for work during the weeks. Wondering if there’s any law against me carrying either open or concealed or do I need a permit from maine.

Michael
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Michael

Any legal US resident is allowed to carry, open or concealed, without a permit in Vermont.

George
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George

I’m thinking of moving up you way and New Hampshire and Vermont seem to be the most reasonable states for gun laws in the area. Do you have to register each gun with the state, rifle or pistol. I see where I will have to dispose of my 20 and 30 rd. mags. before I get there, I guess.

Aaron
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Aaron

If the magazine was purchased before October 1st 2018 you may own and keep your magazine if any size

Frank
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Frank

If I am from out of state, what type of documentation do I need to sell a handgun to a vermont dealer?

Ross
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Ross

If I am of age in NH to buy a gun and old enough in VT to posses one does that mean I may purchase one in NH and bring it home?

e.rodriguez
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e.rodriguez

Under federal law a non-resident may not purchase and take delivery of a handgun. It needs to be transferred to an FFL in the state of residence. Also, under federal law, in order for a non-resident to purchase and take delivery of a rifle or shotgun, the sale must be in compliance with the laws of both the state of residence and the state in which the purchase occurs. Short answer is NO.

Rick
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Rick

Except for the magazine limits, which make a bunch of guns illegal to own now, this state is very pro-gun.

JIM
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JIM

There are no restriction on guns and magazine before Oct 2018 are grandfathered. There is also no registration for them, so the state does not know what you have.

Stephen O'Neill
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Stephen O'Neill

Can a person who was admitted to a mental hospital but medically cleared purschase a firearm in Vermont?

Pat
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Pat

Court ordered admission who is cleared by doctors to not be mentally unstable or have no lifelong mental disorder can in most cases. I would check with your local FBI office as they are who determines eligibility based on the NICS. If you unknowingly are not allowed to carry/own a firearm, and do, you are still committing a felony. Ignorance of the law in the case of firearms does not provide a defense.

David
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David

If you live out of state can you purchase a pistol using a driver’s license and passport? If so, I’d there a waiting period?

e.rodriguez
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e.rodriguez

No. Under federal law a non-resident may not purchase and take delivery of a handgun. It needs to be transferred to an FFL in the state of residence and transferred in accordance with the laws of the state of residence.

Michael
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Michael

Vermont recognizes college students and any other person that resides in the state for at least 6 months of the year as a resident. If this is your situation, you are fine, but many dealers may require a lease, bill, or tuition statement as proof of residence. Being registered to vote or having an ID in another state does not disqualify you in Vermont. This is a very specific scenario, but common.

Ethan Bender
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Ethan Bender

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Mystic
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Mystic

7th grade suck lol

Jtr
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Jtr

Even being Bernie Sanders State Vermont has had and still has the best firearms laws in the country

Jsmith
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Jsmith

Minus the magazine bans, that’s just the dumbest shit ever

sean stewart
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sean stewart

thats only because the loser that got elected governor lied to us and told us he would not change a thing, then turn his back when he got elected and banned high capacity mags and other dumb shit

dude
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dude

Which governor was this?

Thin_Blue_Line
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Thin_Blue_Line

The current governor – Phil Scott (R)

Ryan
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Ryan

He musta been in cahoots with Phil Murphy, our NJ governor. PM did the same thing last year. 15 down to 10, but tube mags and pump actions are not restricted. Lol.

Charlie Pritchard
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Charlie Pritchard

Can I have a side arm on me when I am bow hunting?

Thin_Blue_Line
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Thin_Blue_Line

No…you can only have a sidearm while hunting with a long arm

http://www.eregulations.com/vermont/hunting/general-hunting-information/

JASON
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JASON

That law is now changed, you can carry a handgun while bow hunting vt.

Mark
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Mark

This website is wrong on the new April 2018 law, you can no longer buy high capacity magazines in Vermont, but you can still legally possess high capacity magazines.

Mark
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Ethan Bender
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Ethan Bender

Nice thanks for more

John
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John

Thank you for the correction Mark, I also saw this incorrect ‘fact’ posted on this site.