State Law Background
Among other things, Vermont does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers or purchasers to obtain a state license;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Require any permit or license for the carrying of concealed firearms.
In 2016, Vermont had the 15th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In that year alone, 78 people died from gunshot wounds in Vermont. Vermont had the 20th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016– meaning that crime guns originally sold in Vermont were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 20th highest rate among the states.
Vermont Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Vermont, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.