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Vermont Gun Laws

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Vermont is a very permissive state for firearms. Vermont operates on an “Unrestricted” status and doesn’t issue permits to carry a firearm. Any individual older than 16 and can legally posses a firearm is allowed to conceal or open carry.

Vermont doesn’t distinguish between a resident or non-resident in terms of carry laws.

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Vermont Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? Yes
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? No

Vermont CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • West Virginia

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Vermont

Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Vermont. During their time in Vermont, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Vermont

Vermont: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Places Not Allowed

  • School building or school property
  • School bus
  • Courthouse
  • Any state institution
  • A 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
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Vermont: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

Without a Permit/License Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Vermont is legal if you are at least 18 years old.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Without a Permit/License If you are legally allowed to own a firearm you can carry it concealed in a vehicle with no permit/license.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

Constitutional Carry

Yes

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Yes

Vermont gun laws have the force of law for “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

Must Notify Officer

No

Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There is nothing in Vermont gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.

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