Vermont Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

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Responsible Concealed Carry in Vermont

As part of being a responsible gun owner, it is your responsibility to know and understand your state’s laws as they pertain to concealed carry. Our goal is to provide a solid basis for you to learn how concealed carry works in Vermont and other states throughout the nation.

Need answers now? Contact our helpful team with any questions you have regarding Vermont concealed carry laws. 

Summary of Vermont Gun Laws

Vermont is a pro-gun state with lots of hunting opportunities. The state is very lenient when it comes to concealed carry and purchasing firearms. The state honors many other concealed carry permits, however, permits are not much of an issue within state lines. 

Vermont is what is known as a “does-not-issue” constitutional carry state. State law mandates that all gun sales must be facilitated through licensed firearm dealers unless the sale happens between family members.

Residents under the age of 21 are required to complete a Vermont hunters course or be active or former members of the US Armed Forces, National Guard, or law enforcement. There is no requirement to have a concealed carry permit to purchase firearms and there is no firearms registration. 

Concealed carry and open carry are both legal without having a permit in Vermont. Anyone 16 years of age or older who is lawfully allowed to possess a firearm can carry openly or concealed. An interesting aspect of Vermont’s gun laws is that there is no distinction between residents and non-residents. Both are allowed to carry without a permit.

Self Defense Laws in Vermont

There is no castle doctrine or “stand your ground” laws in the state of Vermont. However, there have been consistent court rulings stating there is no duty to retreat when being attacked in your residence. 

A person will not face charges if he or she wounds or kills another while defending their own life or the life of a family member. The same applies to those who wound or kill when trying to thwart a person actively committing a crime like murder, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, or another violent offense. 

Protecting Yourself After Use of Force

How you stand legally after using force will depend on how local county authorities view the situation. You can speak with a local attorney for more information. It’s important to equip yourself with local gun law knowledge via our firearms training course. A Conceal Coalition certification will provide you with everything you need to know to be a responsible gun owner in Vermont. 

Vermont Gun Laws by Statute

It’s essential for Vermont firearm owners to remember that the following laws are subject to change without notice. The attorney general’s website has all the latest information and should be visited regularly by licensees.

Concealed Coalition is dedicated to dispelling the myths surrounding gun ownership and promoting a culture of understanding and responsibility. Our certified instructors are qualified across multiple states, and our online or local training classes provide convenient learning with instructors who care.

Contact us today at (802) 227-7189 or email to discuss your concealed carry permit educational needs.

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What States Have Reciprocity with Vermont?

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Vermont

  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Does Vermont recognize constitutional carry?

Yes. There is constitutional carry allowed in Vermont. 

Is open carry permitted in Vermont?

Yes. If you are 18 years of age and lawfully allowed to carry a firearm, you are allowed to open carry without a permit.

If Vermont requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?

Vermont does not issue permits to residents or non-residents. 

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

The minimum age to engage in concealed carry in Vermont is 18. 

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

There are no permits issued in Vermont, so this area is not applicable. 

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Vermont?

Yes. Vermont residents are legally permitted to purchase and possess a taser or stun gun without a permit. 

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Vermont?

Yes. Vermont residents are within their legal rights to buy and use chemical or pepper sprays. 

Does Vermont have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

Vermont law mandates no more than 15 rounds for handgun magazines. In 2018, Vermont passed legislation to restrict the sale, purchase, possession, manufacture, and importation of large-capacity magazines.

This legislation included an exemption provision for high-capacity magazines that were purchased before April 11, 2018. Other exemptions are for law enforcement, government officials, or for use in shooting competitions. 

On February 19, 2021, the state Supreme Court voted to uphold the constitutionality of the law banning high-capacity magazines. Until this law is revisited or overturned, high-capacity magazines will continue to be banned. 

Does Vermont have ammunition restrictions?

Vermont does NOT have any type of restrictions on ammunition types.




Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Vermont?

Yes. You are legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun in your private vehicle with a permit (must be at least 21 years of age and lawfully allowed to possess a handgun).

Handguns may be transported without a permit if they are secured in a container or compartment that can be closed.  

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Vermont?

Yes. You are allowed to concealed carry at roadside rest areas.

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forest and Wildlife Management Areas in Vermont?

Yes. You are legally allowed to carry a concealed firearm in parks, forests, or other wildlife management areas within the state. 

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

Yes. There are no state laws banning concealed carry in restaurants or bars serving alcohol unless posted.

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Vermont?

There are no specific state laws specifically addressing concealed or open carry on hotel properties. However, hotel properties can enact their own corporate policies regarding possessing firearms. We recommend you contact the hotel to confirm their standing. 

Does Vermont have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

There are no Vermont state laws addressing storing a handgun in a private vehicle on a commercial lot. 




Do you have a duty to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Vermont?

Vermont law mandates that you do not have a legal duty to inform law enforcement officers that you are carrying a concealed firearm. 

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. It is considered illegal to enter an establishment or any private lands with a posted notice prohibiting firearms. The rule applies to actual communication as well. 

Does Vermont have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e., Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. There are preemption laws relating to concealed carry in Vermont. Local municipalities can also regulate or prohibit the public discharge of handguns or other firearms. 

Does Vermont have a red flag law?

Yes. Vermont does have a red flag law. A state attorney or the attorney general’s office can file a petition to the court requesting an extreme risk protection order be issued.

This order prohibits an individual from purchasing, possessing, or receiving firearms. It also requires that individual to turn over any firearms in their possession to law enforcement. 

Does Vermont state law define brandishing?

There is no legal definition of brandishing in Vermont state law. However, there are statutes mentioning that any person who intentionally points or aims any gun, pistol, or firearm shall be punished. If the person aims a firearm in self-defense or in the line of duty, no such punishment shall apply. 

Does Vermont have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or chemical substances?

It is considered unlawful to carry a loaded firearm while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance according to Vermont law. As a general caution, any responsible gun owner should never carry while under the influence of something that can affect judgment or safe handling. 

Does Vermont issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

Vermont does not issue concealed carry permits to non-residents. 

Does Vermont allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

This is not applicable since the state does not issue permits to any residents or non-residents.




Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Vermont?

No. There is no permit required to purchase a handgun. You only have to purchase through an authorized retailer unless the sale is within the family. 

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Vermont?

Yes. While Vermont’s gun laws are lenient, one requirement is that you complete any firearm transfer through a licensed and authorized dealer that conducts background checks. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including:

  • Transfers between immediate family members. This includes transfers between a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, sibling, stepsibling, grandchild, step-grandchild, grandparent, step-grandparent, etc. 
  • Transfer to another individual to prevent imminent harm when the risk exists. 

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

No. There is no waiting or processing period after purchasing a handgun. 

Do handguns need to be registered in Vermont?

Handguns do NOT need to be registered after purchase in Vermont. 

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Vermont?

As long as the individual is 16 years of age, they can purchase and transport handguns. If any person (other than a family member or legal guardian) or company is found to have sold a handgun to a minor under the age of 16, they may face fines of up to $50 and no less than $10. 

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home in Vermont without a license? 

Yes. You are allowed to permitless carry on private property unless there is a specific posting stating otherwise. 


Concealed Carry Requirements to Register for a License in Vermont

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.

Get Certified for a Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Today

Our network of firearms professionals are holding training classes and in-person certification courses throughout Vermont. Use our certification locator to enroll in an upcoming firearms training course near you today, or visit our Vermont concealed carry permitting resource for online certification.

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