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.
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.
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 theHandguns at Hotels pagefor 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Vermont?
No. There is not a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Vermont.
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.
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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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Permit numbers were obtained from the Crime Prevention Resource Center’s publication entitled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States.” Numbers include resident and non-resident permits for those states that issue both.
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