Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Click here to view the Vermont Concealed Carry Permit Map at the bottom of the page.

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Concealed Permit:
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. There is no permit required to carry concealed.

1. Be of age. In the state of Vermont, that age is 16 or older. You must be at least 16 years of age to legally purchase a gun and keep it loaded on your person in public.
2. Obtain permission from a parent or guardian to carry a gun if you’re under the age of 16. Failure to do so may result in being deemed a delinquent child by the state.
3. Have a clean record if purchasing a firearm. Things like felony convictions and dishonorable military discharge will show up during the federal instant check, and prohibit purchase.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

Automobile carry:
Rifles and shotguns carried in a wehicle must be unloaded; handguns may be carried loaded and concealed.

Places off-limits when carrying:
1. School bus or school building or on school property.
2. Courthouse

3. US Federal Buildings (including US Post Offices)

Alcohol and Drugs:

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Vermont is not a Castle Doctrine state and has no stand-your-ground law.

Open Carry:
Unrestricted in most public areas and generally accepted.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms & Links:
NRA-ILA: Vermont Gun Laws

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  • 2112

    God Bless Vermont

    • Scott Bashaw

      actually we are run by liberal’s who could care less about the constitution but they know many vermonter’s are hunters and gun owners,so if they try anything,..they will be voted out,…..they figure they can ruin everything else 1st,..then come after the guns last,..and their plan seems to be working

  • Dr

    for a non-resident what is the age? Dr. T.

    • Dajudge98

      5 you moron !

      • jake

        This pahe has incorrect mist be 18 to buy shotguns or rifles 21 topurchase and carry a ha dgun

        • ryan

          Jake that is not true

        • terrorist96

          Federal law says you have to be 18 to purchase a long gun, 21 to purchase a handgun, but can be 18 and still possess/carry a handgun. Vermont law says 16 for handguns.

    • Patrick Ploof

      16 or older, under that age needs parental permission.

  • myAmerica

    Arizona no longer requires CCW, they are ok but not required. They will train and issue them for people traveling to other states so they can be covered but again not required instate. The same goes for OC. private property trumps though, if a bussiness doesn’t allow it you can’t legally enter.

  • Dr Gonzo79

    vermont must truly recognize the u.s. constitution.

    • Josh Damon

      Vermont recognizes it’s own constitution which protects the right to carry arms for PERSONAL self defense. If we could amend other state constitutions similarily – they could also have the awesomeness that is Vermont.

      • helen sabin

        We have that in our state Constitution in Colorado and it was ignored by the worthless DEMOCRATIC state legislature….. that is why our sheriffs are suing these ignorant douchebags.

  • Ottisdurka

    VT CCW Laws are the Greatest testament to the 2nd amendment, We also have very little to no CRIME! So for all you poor folk who have to be Raped for Cash to Carry a Weapon remember VT CCW laws the next time you vote. !!!!

    God loves VT, We follow the 2nd Amendment FREE OF CHARGE!!!

    • gunnerk19

      I like our laws too (VT); but if HR 822 passes the senate and all states must show reciprocity 
      we are SOL far as that is concerned… Since we require no permit, there is no physical permit or data to provide authorities if you travel armed in other US states ( Illinois and DC are the only 2 that do not allow CC ). I’m going to ask my local PD if a CCW is even available in VT, and if not I suppose I’ll have to apply for a NH non resident CCW permit ( I’m not driving 2 hours to apply in MA to get shot down, no pun intended)…

      • Kmd3075

        If HR 822 passes I think being of age and possessing a valid Vermont drivers license, or being able to prove Vermont residency, would be sufficient.  That other States have more stringent requirements to carry should not affect the laws here in Vermont.  

        • kestrel9000

          That as I understand it was how the Thune amendment would have worked. 

    • helen sabin

      But what happens when you go OUT of Vermont and want to travel with your guns – then what?

    • oldschool

      Vermont is also very rural and when i lived there the ratio was 7 deer for every resident so i just do not see how that translates to states with millions of people.

    • Julius B. Carey

      Perhaps so but shoot someone & go to the joint pronto like. Your state seems just dandy but without a Stand Your Ground law it’s useless to carry there. What are you gonna shoot at??? Fleas??? LoL.

  • Alex Murphy

    Does VT allow non residents to carry? I live in TX and have a CHL and would like to know if I can carry when I vacation in Vermont.

    • David Ritner

      Vermont law does not distinguish between residents and non-residents of
      the state; both have the same right to carry while in Vermont.

  • Ron Marshall

    We in Ohio haven’t ( YET ) arrived at the level of Vermont, but we’re working on it.
    Ohio has been a HISTORICALLY open carry state and we do have concealed carry.

  • Scott Bashaw

    Should not need any permit or stand your ground laws,….All every state needs and has is the 2nd ammendment and a god givin right to protect youself,your family and your property, closed,….but what happens is the attacker then becomes the victum ,gets a big anti gun liberal lawyer and now after protecting yourself end up spending all your life savings,loose your home,your job,etc all just to prove in the liberal courts you had the right to protect yourself

    • helen sabin

      We have two men running for the sheriff’s office and they stated that due to these scumbag lawyers they cannot use a dog trained to sniff ALL drugs for use on checking for marijuana in schools. They can ONLY use a dog trained to sniff MJ – or the case gets dropped!

  • Steve

    Will a Utah ccw allow me to purchase a handgun in Vermont or do I have to be a resident of Vt.?

    • terrorist96

      You don’t have to be a resident. You can purchase one regardless.

      • Ed Cutler

        Sorry but if you purchase a handgun in Vermont you have to go from FFL to FFL federal laws still apply if you are non resident.

  • Mark Jordan

    I love Vermont! You don’t see a wild west situation up there do you? Proves permits are not needed in any state.

    • oldschool

      No it doesnt.

    • gun person

      we are setting ducks without them ,mass shooting prove that

  • ZackeryWilliamsPoptart

    Why wouldnt VT have a Castle Doctrine ? If an Intruder is in My Home, I should have the right to shoot them and Kill Them for trespassing.

    • helen sabin

      I think the issue is that you can shoot but you are NOT protected by a castle doctrine. Thus….lawyers, police, etc are involved.

    • hotpistol.lizzy

      if you have a no trespassing sign posted on your property border. YOU can shoot someone who you feel is a threat to your home and family and be within your rights. BUT you must have a no trespassing sing clearly posted on your property.

    • Kristi McManus

      Not many castle doctrine allow you to shoot and kill someone for simply tresspassing. They typically have to be using violence or pose a threat of violence to shoot them. Castle doctrine laws don’t allow you to kill some elderly person with dimensia who mistakenly wonders into your home. They have to be posing some sort of violence. I guess if the elderly woman with Alzheimer’s comes at you with a knife then fire away.

      • ZackeryWilliamsPoptart

        Thanks for posting
        Good to learn from people who have intelligence.

    • Ed Cutler

      We have a self defense law in Vermont. Look up Title 13 chapter 53 2305 in Vermont statutes online.

      • ZackeryWilliamsPoptart

        Thank You Ed

  • Leo Guy

    Surprised since they vote for democrats most of the time during the Federal Elections since the 1970’s.

    • Brian Mumford

      That state was the home of the original Green Mountain Boys with Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, and it was born out of a war between the settlers of that region and the colony of New York that lasted longer than the American Revolution. The pride in that history has kept it going for over 200 years, but it’s constantly under threat.

    • Gary

      That’s why VT is so backwards.

  • Dominic Delia

    The only thing that stinks about Vermont is there isn’t any Reciprocity with the other states, but yet they can carry concealed in Vermont. Vermonters get screwed this way!

  • Michael Inflorida

    Homosexual marriages performed in any state are being recognized in more and more states by court decree as a constitutional right not subject to state or local restriction. Once that is solidified by the Supreme Court this patchwork of unconstitutional limits on citizens’ rights will also be destroyed. Je suis Vermonter!

  • Kevin

    just ran into this problem this year. Was in OKLA. which reconizes’s all carry permits, open or consealed, from the other 49 states. VT. has no permit of any kind. Bottom line you do not carry in OKLA. even if you can prove residenticy in VT. because the Law says you must have a permit from your state, period!