Vermont Gun Laws

Vermont Gun Laws

Vermont State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney      

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO  NO*

* No permit necessary to carry concealed. The state of Vermont does not issue permits nor require a permit for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed in the state of Vermont.


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

Uncertain, it is recommended you should retreat if it can accomplished safely

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Murder, sexual, assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary or robbery, with force or violence

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

Uncertain, probably should retreat if it can be accomplished safely

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places


Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

WARNING: Defense of third person limited to specific persons.

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Vermont


The state of Vermont neither issues nor requires a permit to carry a weapon on one's person, openly or concealed.

It is lawful to carry a firearm openly or concealed provided the firearm is not carried with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring a fellow man. It is unlawful to carry a firearm within any state institution or upon the grounds or lands owned or leased by such institution.

It is unlawful to carry or possess a firearm in a school bus or school building or on school property. The board of school directors may authorize the use of firearms for instructional purposes when facilities for such instruction are available.

It is unlawful to carry or possess a loaded rifle or shotgun in or on a motor vehicle within the right of way of a public highway. Exempt are law enforcement officers and hunters who are paraplegic or have a severe physical disability and have been issued a permit by the fish and game commissioner.

It is unlawful, without authorization from the court, to carry or possess a firearm while within a courthouse.

It is unlawful to possess a deadly weapon on the grounds of a state institution, without the permission of the Warden or superintendent of that institution.