In 2018, Vermont significantly strengthened its very weak gun laws by enacting universal background checks, passing an extreme risk protection order law, and raising the minimum age to purchase firearms, among other things. The improved laws earned Vermont a C- on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2017, Vermont had the 17th-lowest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 19th-highest rate. To build on the state’s recent progress, Vermont legislators could require a waiting period before all gun purchases, strengthen its laws regarding gun possession by domestic abusers, and close the loophole that allows guns to be transferred before a background check is complete.

  • Universal background checks

  • Extreme risk protection order law

  • Large capacity magazine ban

  • Minimum age for gun purchases is 21

  • Waiting period

  • Firearm prohibition for all domestic abusers

  • Concealed carry permitting requirement

  • Assault weapon and 50 caliber rifle ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards