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I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Vermont, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Based on our most recent research, the USCCA has identified just two states with statutes against carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask: California and Illinois (although sheriffs and county prosecutors in Illinois have made statements indicating that wearing a mask to protect others from COVID-19 while carrying a gun isn’t illegal as long as the wearer isn’t wearing the mask while committing a crime). Due to the large number of inquiries, some states have publicly addressed their laws regarding wearing masks, clarifying that they actually refer to individuals concealing their identity with the intention to commit illegal acts or to specifically hide their identity, and do not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm. Although we have not conducted an exhaustive search, we found no statute in Vermont addressing masks.

If you have further questions, we recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement office, or district attorney.

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Summary of Vermont Gun Laws

Vermont is a does-not-issue, constitutional carry state.

All gun sales must be completed through a licensed firearms dealer unless the transfer is to a family member. Buyers under 21 years old must have completed a Vermont hunters course (or equivalent) or be a member or former member of the military, active or veteran member of the National Guard, or law enforcement. Vermont does not require permits to purchase and has no firearms registration.

Both open carry and concealed carry are legal without a permit in Vermont. Any person 16 or older (although federal law requires the age to be 18) 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. Therefore, the state does not issue permits.

Self-Defense

Vermont does not have a Castle Doctrine or a “stand your ground” law, but courts have consistently ruled that there is no duty to retreat when attacked in one’s dwelling. 

If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless:

  • In the just and necessary defense of his or her own life or the life of his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother, sister, master, mistress, servant, guardian or ward; or
  • In the suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary or robbery with force or violence.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 2305]

Vermont Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Vermont allow constitutional carry?

Yes. Vermont allows constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Vermont?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Vermont requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Vermont does not issue permits.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Vermont to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age to concealed carry in Vermont is 18.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Vermont with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

Not applicable. Vermont does not issue permits.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Vermont?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Vermont?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Vermont.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Vermont issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

No. A permit is not necessary.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Vermont allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

Not applicable. Vermont does not issue permits.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Vermont?

Yes, without a permit.

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Vermont?

Yes. Concealed carry is allowed at roadside rest areas in Vermont.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Vermont?

Yes. Carrying a concealed firearm is allowed in state/national parks, state/national forests and wildlife management areas in Vermont.

[State Park Rules I.b.2]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Vermont?

Yes, there is no statute making it illegal to concealed carry in bars or restaurants, unless posted.

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Vermont?

Vermont statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Vermont have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Vermont state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Vermont?

No. You are not required to notify an officer you're carrying in Vermont.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Vermont have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No more than 15 rounds for handguns.

In 2018, Vermont enacted legislation to generally restrict the sale, purchase, possession, manufacture and importation of large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices. There is a grandfather provision for large-capacity magazines that were lawfully possessed on or before April 11, 2018. There are various exemptions which include law enforcement, government officials and shooting competitions.  Additional exemptions include attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition as well as curios or relics.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4021(e)(1)]

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Vermont have ammunition restrictions?

No. Vermont does not have ammunition restrictions.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Vermont? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. A person shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 months or fined not more than $500, or both, if, without legal authority or the consent of the person in lawful possession, he or she enters or remains on any land or in any place as to which notice against trespass is given by:

(A) actual communication by the person in lawful possession or his or her agent or by a law enforcement officer acting on behalf of such person or his or her agent;

(B) signs or placards so designed and situated as to give reasonable notice; or

(C) in the case of abandoned property:

(i) signs or placards, posted by the owner, the owner's agent or a law enforcement officer and so designed and situated as to give reasonable notice; or

(ii) actual communication by a law enforcement officer.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 3705]

Preemption?

Does Vermont have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local municipalities may regulate or prohibit the discharge of firearms.  

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 2295]

Brandishing?

Does Vermont state law define brandishing?

No. However, any person who shall intentionally point or aim any gun, pistol or other firearm at or towards another, except in self-defense or in the lawful discharge of official duty, shall be punished. Any person who shall discharge any such firearm so intentionally aimed or pointed shall also be punished.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4011]

Red Flag Law?

Does Vermont have a red flag law?

Yes. A state's attorney or the office of the attorney general may file a petition requesting that the court issue an extreme risk protection order prohibiting a person from purchasing, possessing or receiving a dangerous weapon, or having a dangerous weapon within the person's custody or control.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4053]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Drugs?

Does Vermont have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or drugs?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Vermont?

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in Vermont.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Vermont?

Yes. Firearm transfers must be completed through a licensed firearms dealer and require a background check. Exemptions include the following:

  • Transfers from one immediate family member to another immediate family member. This includes a spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, stepsibling, grandparent, stepgrandparent, grandchild, stepgrandchild, greatgrandparent, step-great-grandparent, greatgrandchild and step-great-grandchild
  • Transfers to another person in order to prevent imminent harm to any person, provided that this exception only applies while the risk of imminent harm exists

[Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4019(e)]

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Vermont?

No. There is not a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Vermont.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Vermont?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Vermont.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Vermont?

16 years old. A person, firm or corporation, other than a parent or guardian, who sells or furnishes to a minor under the age of 16 years a firearm or other dangerous weapon or ammunition for firearms shall be fined not more than $50.00 nor less than $10.00. This section shall not apply to an instructor or teacher who furnishes firearms to pupils for instruction and drill. 

A child under the age of 16 years shall not, without the consent of his or her parents or guardian, have in his or her possession or control a pistol or revolver constructed or designed for the use of gunpowder or other explosive substance with leaden ball or shot. A child who violates a provision of this section shall be deemed a delinquent child under the provisions of chapter 52 of Title 33.

[Vt. Stat. Ann. §§ 4007 and 4008]

Possess a handgun on private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a permit?

Yes. Permitless carry is allowed in Vermont for anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm.

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Vermont?

Yes, except When Turkey and Muzzle Loading Hunting.

[VT Fish & Wildlife Guide

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Vermont?

Yes. The holder of an archery license or a super sport license may possess a handgun while archery hunting, provided that the license holder shall not take game by firearm while archery hunting. 

[10 Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4252]

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Vermont?

Yes. A person shall not intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of fish or wild animals by:

  • Tampering with traps, nets, bait, firearms, or any other thing used for hunting, trapping, or fishing;
  • Placing himself or herself in a position, for the purpose of interfering, that hinders or prevents hunting, trapping, or fishing; or
  • Engaging in an activity, for the purpose of interfering, that drives, harasses, disturbs, or is likely to disturb wildlife or fish.

Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit an incidental interference arising from lawful activity by landowners or users of land, including farmers and recreationists.

[10 Vt. Stat. Ann. § 4708]

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State Constitutional Provision
That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power."
ARTICLE 1, § 16

Vermont Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Vermont honor?

Alabama (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Arizona (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
California (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Colorado (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Connecticut (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Delaware (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
District of Columbia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Florida (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Georgia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Hawaii (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Illinois (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Iowa (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Louisiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Maine (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Maryland (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Massachusetts (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Michigan (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Minnesota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Nebraska (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Nevada (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Jersey (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Mexico (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New York (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New York City (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
North Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
North Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Ohio (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Oregon (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Pennsylvania (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Rhode Island (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Texas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Utah (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Virginia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Washington (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Wisconsin (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Puerto Rico (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Vermont allows any person who is legally allowed to handle a firearm the right to open or concealed carry in the state without a permit.


Other States' Reciprocity With Vermont

Which states honor permits from Vermont?

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Louisiana (even though VT doesn't issue licenses)
Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Vermont doesn't issue permits. 

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Vermont

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Maine (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.


Permitless Carry States

Alaska PC-21
Arkansas PC-18
Idaho PC-18
Kansas PC-21
Kentucky PC-21
Maine (permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details or PC-21)
Mississippi PC-18
North DakotaPC-18 for residents only
Oklahoma PC-21
VermontPC-18
Wyoming PC-21 for residents only

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. The minimum age* for permitless carry is shown. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old


Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Information

Vermont does not issue permits and therefore there is no application process.

Vermont is a Constitutional Carry state which does not require permits for residents and visitors to carry firearms within the state. As long as you are legally allowed to possess a firearm under state and federal law, you can carry.


Firearms Training Requirements in Vermont

Since Vermont doesn’t issue permits, there is no training requirement. However, the USCCA recommends that anyone who makes the choice to carry a concealed firearm obtain as much training as possible in order to be a responsibly armed American.

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Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Each department/agency is responsible for managing its RLEOs in Vermont.


Vermont Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Vermont?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Vermont?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: Vermont Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Vermont?

It is legal in Vermont to carry, openly or concealed, any type of legal knife, so long as you have no criminal intent and do not carry it onto school, school buses or government property. Switchblades with a blade that is 3 inches or longer are illegal. Municipalities may have additional restrictions. 

[13 V.S.A. §§ 4003, 4004, 4013 and 4016]


Vermont Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-09-03

Added information on Self Defense in the Summary

2020-06-30

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-05-06

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-20

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-07

Added statutory link and details on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-25

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-20

Added related blog posts with links

2020-01-31

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2019-11-22

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-11-04

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-16

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-09

Added VT DPS FAQ link

2019-04-03

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church carry info to location restrictions section

2019-01-25

Removed outdated links

2019-01-24

Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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