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.

Off Limit Areas

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.

Details on Vermont Gun Laws

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  6. Can I have my 9mm pistol locked in my trunk on state correctional facility property??

  7. Hi,

    I welcome anyone’s input, etc. I’m looking to retire from NYC to Vermont within the next few years. I legally own firearms here, which have some of the strictest laws in the nation.

    Does anyone know what I need to do, if anything at all? I’m so used to such strict laws here that simply moving up there and not telling anyone I have firearms seems extremely odd. Will I also be able to legally carry my firearms as well?

    Also, is a person allowed to target shoot on their own property? My friend lives in upstate NY and as long as we are on his property, we are allowed to shoot but with basic common sense and responsibly of course.

    Obviously, I have a lot of questions and even though I currently have family that resides in Vermont, they don’t own firearms and won’t discuss the topic.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide me with. I appreciate it.

    1. You don’t need to do much at all, you can carry open or concealed no need for permits or notifying Vermont police officers. Shooting on your property is perfectly fine as long as your outside of city limits and you don’t have neighbors that live close. I live in Vermont and I’ve been shooting all my life, carry where you want (obviously not schools or courthouses) and when you want. If you have any more questions I’d be more than willing to answer.

  8. If I were to buy a gun that exceeds the magazine capacity limit, could I just ditch the magazine that comes with it for a magazine that doesn’t exceed the limit?

  9. Do you have the right to have a concealed firearms on Canusa street in Stanstead (road 247 in Quebec) if you stay on the side of the United States.

  10. 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.

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

    2. In the state of Vermont, you can carry handguns in any condition, in your vehicle or in you concealed or open. No restrictions. Not obligated to disclose to officer either. However, as merely good manners and etiquette do disclose.
      When it comes to long guns, it’s unlawful to carry a loaded long gun. Ammo should not be touching the rifle, can carry ammo and rifle in the cabin as long as there is no contact between them.

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

    1. 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

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

    2. 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”

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

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

    2. 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

    3. I’m in a similar situation as yours. My rule is what I shoot and carry in VT, stays in VT.

  14. 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.

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

    2. If you are a citizen, you can carry in VT concealed or open. In VT there is only one permit for carrying guns… the Constitution.

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. 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?

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  20. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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

      1. 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

          1. The current governor – Phil Scott (R)

          2. Phil Scott, a demonrat in disguise. Oh, sorry, I meant democrat… or did I?

    1. Mr. Bernard Sanders is from New York. The gun tradition in the state of Vermont goes back to the Revolutionary War with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. Unfortunately, our beautiful state is now linked to this despicable sad joke left over from the 60s communist-loving who has never achieved anything in his entire life other than milking the system and preying on the gullible.

  22. 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.

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

  23. This website is wrong on the new April 2018 law, you cant buy high capacity magazines in Vermont anymore, but you can still losses high capacity magazines.

  24. Howdy,
    Am I missing something here but how does Vermont honor 53 other states permits? Is this the last president’s states counting system?

    Thanks!

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      50 states plus districts and territories, did not have enough room to put all the text into our counters.

    2. DC
      Puerto Rico
      Guam
      Virgin Islands
      Not states, but recognized.
      A little joke… in the list of states by GDP, the state of VT scores 51st. DC scores higher.

    3. Can I get a pistol if I move to Vermont.Even though I have 3 ouis going back 40 years 1st one in my didn,t go to court came back at me 13 years later when I didn’t drink had to spend two weeks at a place in my.second one someone set me up police waiting 3 blocks from bar in my parking lot.last one on me

  25. So the thing I’m wondering is what you need to bring with you to buy a handgun, I have yet to do so and I would love to know what I need, if anything at all to buy one. I’ve been gifted guns my whole life, therefore have still yet to exercise that part of my 2nd amendment right yet.

      1. You sound like a child yourself and no they’re not children that teenagers I was getting laid at the age

      2. I was shooting trap competitively at age 12 and by 15 competing in youth pistol competitions.

        1. I can’t speak definitively for Vermont, but in Ohio, a 16/17 year old was not allowed to transport his or her trap gun to practices or tournaments. Someone above 18 (and legally allowed to do so) had to be present during transportation. In Vermont, as a 16 year old has a provision to possess a firearm, I would extrapolate that the 12-15 year old trap shooter would be required to be accompanied by someone over 16. At practices, even if the 12 year old’s parent didn’t stay, he or she was under the supervision of the coach. If the 12 year old was to shoot the 14 year old bully on the next firing point, the coach(es) would be called to answer a lot of questions. (Why didn’t you keep the 14 year old from being an a$$h01e? Why would you let a kid with poor impulse control out on your firing line?)

          It strikes me that Vermont tends to respect personal responsibility. They also don’t bother to get wrapped around the axle about what Could happen, and what penalties should be exacted for those things, when numerous things had to go wrong first. In other words, What Ifs can only go to a certain point.

    1. i feel that it is important that if someone that young is responsible enough should be taught how to handle a firearm and be taught how to shoot it and respect it. the world would be a safer place.

    1. My mans Bob knows wassup we gonna rock the Jon deer out of you. That is if we can see you in your duck huntin’ suits. We wouldn’t want to come by to fight and walk in on you and your cousins anyway.

    2. you beat us out in the realm of “Uninformed citizen” for sure. well done trolls

  26. Justin, how was the day on the ranch? Did you take your John Deer for a spin? How many bucks did you get?

    1. U are using insults to to elevate your opinions that’s not what u think, we “rednecks” have to live like that to survive. Sure it’s fun to take a John Deere for a spin, too bad u didn’t experience that. Sure is fun.

  27. It’s nice to live in and around the few remaining states that still honor the Constitution & Bill Of Rights. Where the majority of citizens have enough common sense to realize that the bad actions of some should not affect all. Here’s an idea, address the mental health crisis that plagues every state in the country, observe isolate and address/treat citizens with mental health or potential mental health or violent tendencies. “If you see something, say something” clearly does not work all the time. But the purpose is too identify these individuals at the first sign of potential problems. Mentally challenged/Violent individuals should not under any circumstances be able to get any firearm. Personally I do not have a degree in Psychology or Sociology, but I feel very confident in saying someone who is able to carry out an attack/mass shooting is not mentally healthy. In most cases there were signs that were either ignored or not properly investigated. So, should every citizen be punished by making stricter gun laws because of these mentally ill individuals ? Flip it, let’s start putting heavy restrictions on the 1st Amendment… any citizen that does not favor one particular side of government views should be punished. That sounds pretty ridiculous right? Words can be as dangerous as guns, words can certainly cause someone to snap right? Hers my point, common sense is lacking in every new generation that comes along.

    1. The first amendment was made when there weren’t aussault rifles. You don’t need to light up those deer you huntin’ with an automatic weapon. You should be thankful that mentally challenged people can get a gun or else you would be trying to hunt a buck with your bare hands. As of now as long as you pass the backgroud check you can go shoot deer all day long buddy.

      1. The first amendment also had nothing to do with computers so if you got something to say write a letter and have a guy on a horse drop it off

      2. Plus automatic weapons have been illegal for some time now so why don’t you try learning some facts

        1. You’re misinformed, machine guns are legal if you have the money and possess the tax stamp.

      3. SE2 isn’t about hunting. please experiment with reading on the topic before posting on the topic Henry.

      4. How irresponsibly ignorant do you have to be if you didn’t think that the founding fathers weren’t smart enough to understand that there would be an advancement in technology long after they were gone. They were alive long enough to see many weaponry and technological advancements through their own lifetime. How dumb are you?

      5. And also it’s the second amendment you f****** d****** not the First Amendment. The first amendment allows me to call you stupid as much as I want to because you are f****** stupid.

        1. James, you’re last reply said it all. He must have voted for Hillary. I would now like to execute my 1st amendment right to call call Henry Allen the 3rd a f@ckin idi@t.

      6. First Henry Allen the 3rd your a fuckin idiot!!! It’s the second amendment!!! Not the first. And when someone is trying to kill you and your family some psycho and the cops are nowhere around , you’ll be wishing and praying that someone with Balls has a gun to save your punk ass!!
        Remember that. This is a crazy world full of crazy people and the second amendment gives the good guys an even playing field.

      7. Semi automatic rifle dumb ass. Hey genius if it’s not mental health issues and the way these kids are raised these days then why didn’t we have these issues 15-20 years ago. I am so sick of hearing these kids complaining that they can’t cope. Suck. It up and stop crying. Doctors are handing out psychotic drugs like M&M’s.

    2. At one time mental health workers could request a police officer to attend a visit to mental health person. is this still on the books???? Retired P>O>

  28. This is horrible, we need gun laws stop these rednecks from killing everybody!

    1. Vermont is the safest state for violent crime, go blame someone else. Go read something on the topic prior to posting.

    2. You’re an idiot. The real concern here is how are they going to accept 53 State’s carrying licenses if we only have 50 states. technically they should only be able to accept 49 other state carrying licenses.

      1. You have DC plus Guam, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who are US territories so that makes it 53. I don’t like the fact that only 9 states honor the Vermont permit.

    3. You NEED some LEAD in your diet you pansy assed douchebag and leave the discussions to the adults and beat it

    4. who the hell is this fool sanders is a worthless fuck like welch and layme we havent had any jobs in this state in over 35 yrs socialist are commies stallin the butcher and putain are socialist howling howard started the queer movement dumocrat scott are a bunch of vote seakers where the hell are the unimployment checks and oh yeah why should we have to always suck chittendens ass for there flatlanding uninvited make believe vermonters if you want gun restictions go back to your high crime rate shithole states and get the fuck out of mine and take your solar fields and wind mills and stick them up your queer ass get the fuck out of here now got it! i dont give a shit about my spelling so go fuck yourself

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