Vermont Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Vermont

Gun laws in Vermont are incredibly permissive; some say the least restrictive in the country. Vermont is an “Unrestricted” state in terms of gun regulations. Vermont does not issue concealed carry permits and treats residents and non-residents the same in terms of carrying. Vermont allows open carry and concealed carry to anyone who is at least 16 years old. Per federal regulations, however, you have to be 18 years old. For reciprocity reasons, other states honor a Vermont driver’s license as a concealed carry permit. Vermont does ban all magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. All gun sale transactions must be processed through a licensed dealer. Anyone who has completed a firearms training course or is in the military is exempt from this rule. New laws passed in 2018 require you to be 21 before purchasing a gun, and they ban bump stocks, handgun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds and long gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds. These new laws also give local police the right to confiscate firearms if they feel you are a danger to yourself of others.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Unrestricted State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 9 # of states that honor Vermont license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Vermont honors
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Vermont’s policy is Unrestricted in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Vermont CCW Reciprocity Map

Reciprocity between states, allow gun owners to travel with their firearms across state lines. Vermont is very generous with reciprocity and honors all state permits. These nine states honor reciprocity for Vermont using a photo ID 

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

Vermont honors these state’s gun permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Vermont Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Although Vermont does not issue concealed carry permits, they do allow open and concealed carry called “permitless carry.” You may have a loaded weapon in all state parks, national forests, rest areas, and your vehicle. You may not have a loaded weapon in schools, on a school bus, a courthouse, any state government building or property, or anywhere with a metal detector and screening process. You do not need to notify an officer if you are carrying. You do, however, need to honor all “no weapons” signs where posted. With or without a permit you can carry in your own car, open carry and carry in restaurants, even if they serve alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

Vermont does not issue permits but allows “permitless carry” instead. For purposes of reciprocity, you must have a driver’s license or other photo ID. New laws in 2018 do require you to be 21 to purchase a firearm and bans some types of ammunition and guns. The rural landscape and nature of Vermont and its avid hunters, is why the state has so few gun laws. However, gun dealers are required to record and keep all firearms purchases on record for a number of years.

Vermont Gun Background Check

Vermont is not a “point of contact” state and does not require a state-level background check for purchasing a gun. However, licensed dealers must comply with federal regulations and contact the FBI using NCIS and run a full background check on anyone buying a firearm in the state. Dealers must also keep detailed records of every gun sold.

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VT CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to legally purchase a gun and keep it loaded on your person in public.
  • Obtain permission from a parent or guardian to carry a gun if you’re under the age of 16. Failure to do so may result in being deemed a delinquent child by the state.
  • Have a clean record if purchasing a firearm. Things like felony convictions and dishonorable military discharge will show up during the federal instant check, and prohibit purchase.

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. 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.

CCW Renewal

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VT Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Does not issue permitsN/A

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Vermont

AllowedForbidden
State parksSchool building or school property
State and national forestsSchool bus
Road side rest areasCourthouse
VehicleAny state institution
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenA 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

Vermont CCW Contact

Vermont Bureau of Firearms

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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Counties in Vermont