Posted on January 1, 2012
Last updated February 2, 2012
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Vermont ranked 45th out of 50 – having some of the worst gun violence prevention laws in the country. Among other things, Vermont does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers or purchasers to obtain a state license;
- Require the reporting of mental health commitments or adjudications for firearm purchaser background checks;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Require any permit or license for the carrying of concealed firearms.
In 2009, Vermont had the 16th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Yet even this relatively low ranking means that, in that year, 60 people died from firearm-related injuries in Vermont. In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Vermont had the 16th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009– meaning that crime guns originally sold in Vermont were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 16th highest rate among the states.
Vermont Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Vermont, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.