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In recent years Vermont significantly strengthened its gun laws, but still has a great deal of ground to cover to fully protect its residents. 

These improvements included enacting universal background checks, passing an extreme risk protection order law, and raising the minimum age to purchase firearms, among other things. In 2019, Vermont had the 10th-lowest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 23rd-highest rate. To build on the state’s recent progress, Vermont legislators could require a waiting period before all gun purchases, strengthen its laws regarding gun possession by domestic abusers, and close the loophole that allows guns to be transferred before a background check is complete.

What Vermont Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Minimum age laws
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Large capacity magazine ban

What Vermont Is Missing

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.