See our Dealer Regulations policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.
Vermont has no law requiring firearms dealers to obtain a state license or permit.
For information about the Vermont law requiring firearms dealers to maintain records of sales, see the Vermont Retention of Sales/Background Checks Records section.
Vermont has no law requiring dealers to conduct a background check on prospective firearm purchasers, although the federal background check requirement applies.