Vermont Gun Laws are based on the Chapter 1, Article 16 of the State of Vermont’s Constitution which reads, “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.”
Like most states, Vermont Gun Laws do not require a permit to purchase, registration of guns and licensing of firearm owners. Then, unlike most states, Vermont does not require a permit to carry a handgun regardless if it is openly carried or concealed.
Permits Recognized by Vermont Gun Laws
Currently, there are no states that honor permits issued under Vermont Gun Laws. However, permits issued from these states are recognized by the State of Vermont:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Key Provisions of Vermont Gun Laws
Here are the requirements and restrictions which are enumerated under Vermont Gun Laws:
1. A dealer shall keep a record all his handgun sales. It should contain the important data about the buyer and the handgun that was sold. The information must be kept for a span of six years. The information in the record book must be presented to law enforcement officials upon request or during reasonable times.
2. Selling or possessing a zip gun or a crude homemade firearm is prohibited.
3. A person under 16 years of age is not permitted to possess or control a handgun without the consent of his parent or legal guardian.
4. Possessing a firearm for the purpose of injuring someone is illegal.
5. Carrying a firearm in state institutions, schools or courthouses is not allowed. Exempted from this are law enforcement officials and other persons authorized by the law or permitted by appropriate officials to carry a firearm in the mentioned areas.
6. Carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun within the right of way of a public highway is illegal, unless the person carrying is a law enforcement officer or a physically disabled hunter with a permit from the appropriate state authority.
7. Vermont Gun Laws are silent on the subject touching antique firearms. However, an opinion from the Attorney General establishes that handguns classified as antiques or replicas under the 1968 Gun Control Act which do not fire conventional ammunition are exempted from being entered into the record books.
8. The possession, transfer, trade or transport of a machine gun is permitted as long as it complies with federal laws and regulations.
9. Firing at a wild animal while on a motorized vehicle or within ten feet of the traveled portion of a public highway is illegal.
Except as otherwise provided by Vermont Gun Laws, no political subdivision of the State is allowed to pass an ordinance, resolution or other enactment that shall directly regulate fishing, hunting and trapping, or the ownership, possession, transportation, trade, acquisition, carrying, licensing or registration of firearms and ammunition.