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Vermont Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/24/2019
Carry allowed with my Vermont permit?
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Vermont Gun Laws

Vermont is a does-not-issue and Constitutional Carry state.

All gun sales must be completed through a licensed firearms dealer unless the transfer is to a family member. Buyers must be at least 21 years old and the person must have completed a Vermont hunters course or be a member of the military or law enforcement. Vermont does not require permits to purchase and has no firearms registration.

Open carry is legal 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.

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 your dwelling. The law in Vermont states, “If a person kills or wounds another under any of the circumstances enumerated below, he or she shall be guiltless: (1) 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 (2) In the suppression of a person attempting to commit murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary or robbery, with force or violence.”

Vermont Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Vermont allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

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?

No Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

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

18

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

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

Not applicable.

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.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm 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.

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?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, unless posted.

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.

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. tit. 13, § 4021(e)(1)]
Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Vermont have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"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. tit. 13, Ch 81 § 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. tit. 24, Ch 061 § 2295]

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. 

[13 V.S.A. § 4053]

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

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.


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."
Chapter 1, Article 16

Vermont Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Vermont honor?

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.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Vermont

Which states honor permits from Vermont?

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

Which states honor permits from Vermont with restrictions?

Oklahoma (with just a Vermont drivers license or ID card 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.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Vermont Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

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

Vermont does not require the applicant to complete a firearms safety course or otherwise demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety prior to issuance of a pistol permit. 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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Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Vermont Concealed Carry Permit


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 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

  • School building or school property;
  • School bus;
  • Bomoseen State Game Refuge;
  • Mud Creek Controlled Hunting Area in Alburg;
  • Residential Treatment Program properties;
  • Any private preserve without written consent of the owner or person having the exclusive right to take fish or wild animals on such lands;
  • Courthouse;
  • Any state institution;
  • Any 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; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Vermont Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Vermont?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Vermont?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Vermont?

Yes. All gun sales must be completed through a licensed firearms dealer unless the transfer is to a family member.

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

No.

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 intention of harming another and do not carry it on to school or government property. It is legal in Vermont to own any type of knife except for a switchblade with a blade that is 3 inches or longer.

What should I do if my Vermont concealed carry permit is lost, stolen or damaged?

N/A

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in VT?

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.


Related Information & Links for Vermont Gun Laws


Vermont Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

04/19/2019

Links checked

04/09/2019

Added VT DPS FAQ link

04/03/2019

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

02/15/2019

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

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Removed outdated links

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

12/03/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

11/08/2018

Added Link

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Vermont


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