Vermont Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of Vermont?
It is legal to carry an open or concealed firearm in the state of Vermont, with the exception of having the intent or purpose of injuring another person; there is no concealed carry permit necessary to carry a concealed weapon. This makes Vermont a No Issue state regarding handgun laws.
In Vermont, there is no permit or license necessary to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. No firearms are registered in the state, and you don’t have to be licensed to own or carry a rifle, shotgun, or handgun on your person.
There are no gun bans in the state of Vermont, and there is no restrictive waiting period on residents making gun purchases.
Additionally, residents of Vermont can carry in Alaska since anyone who is legally allowed to own a firearm can carry a concealed weapon in Alaska. As of July 2010, residents of Vermont can also carry legally in Arizona; Arizona passed a state law that enables anyone who can legally own a firearm, is over the age of 21, and is a US resident to carry concealed weapons.
Vermont is one of the three states in the US that will allow any individual to carry a concealed weapon without a legal permit, as well as Alaska and Arizona. Vermont is also one of the only US states that legally allows citizens under the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon.
Although Vermont does not have concealed carry laws in the state, it is illegal for any person banned from owning a handgun to carry a weapon, openly or concealed. Please keep in mind that one disadvantage to no concealed carry law in Vermont is that residents will not be able to carry a concealed weapon when traveling since they will not possess a CCW permit in order to be granted state reciprocity.
Due to the fact that Vermont does not have strict concealed carry laws, the term “Vermont Carry” is often used by advocates of gun rights, referring to enabling citizens to carry an open or concealed firearm without any permit required. This practice is also referred to as “Constitutional Carry”.
This precedent in Vermont dates back to the Vermont Constitution of 1775, before the Bill of Rights was passed in the US. At that time, Vermont was an independent republic, which granted the freedom of open and concealed carry to its citizens without the need for a license or a permit to do so.
Residents and visitors of Vermont consider the state to be “gun-friendly”. If you are carrying a concealed weapon and traveling from state to state, traveling through the state of Vermont will not pose any issues, as opposed to concealed carry laws in other states.
Although it is not required by law, NRA certified firearms safety training is still available in the state of Vermont. These safety training classes can be accessed by any citizen who wishes to be educated in basic gun safety for the purpose of legal open and concealed carry in Vermont.
Where can I get a Vermont Concealed Carry Permit?
There is no concealed carry permit in the state of Vermont. It is legal to open and concealed carry a firearm in this state.
How do I apply for a license?
Since Vermont does not have CCW laws and does not require a concealed carry permit, anyone who can legally own a firearm can carry in Vermont. There is no license application process necessary.
How much does the license cost?
There is no concealed carry license fee since Vermont is a No Issue state that does not have a law regarding carrying a handgun, open or concealed.
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of Vermont?
Although there is no concealed carry permit in Vermont, there are requirements that must be met to carry a weapon, openly or concealed. These requirements include:
- You are at least 16 years of age – the legal age to purchase a gun in Vermont and carry it loaded on your person in a public place.
- You have gotten permission from a parent or guardian to carry a weapon if you are under the age of 16. Failure to receive this permission may result in being charged as a delinquent child by the state of Vermont.
- You must have a clean record in order to purchase a firearm. Past convictions like a felony or dishonorable military discharge will show up in a background check and will prohibit the purchase of a firearm.
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
Open and concealed carry is legal in the state of Vermont without a permit. However, when transporting shotguns and rifles in a vehicle on a public roadway, the weapons must remain unloaded. Handguns can be carried concealed and loaded when traveling in a vehicle.
It is prohibited to carry a concealed weapon in the following locations:
- School bus/school buildings/school property
- US federal buildings
- US post offices
Vermont operates with a firearms preemption law that will prevent counties or cities from enforcing new gun laws that are more restrictive than the established state law.
Vermont is one of the few states in the US that does not have a Castle Doctrine self-defense law. The Castle Doctrine law will normally protect citizens who defend themselves on their own personal property in the event of a criminal attack, without requiring duty to retreat prior to using deadly force as a last resort.
Vermont does not have any law that will allow victims of a crime in their home or place of business to stand their ground and use deadly force if necessary for self-defense.
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