Domestic Violence & Firearms in Vermont

Posted on January 1, 2012

Vermont has no law:

  • Prohibiting individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition, although federal law applies;
  • Prohibiting individuals subject to domestic violence protective orders from possessing firearms or ammunition, although federal law applies;
  • Requiring courts to notify domestic abusers that they are prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
  • Requiring the removal or surrender of firearms at the time a domestic violence protective order is issued; or
  • Requiring the removal of firearms at the scene of a domestic violence incident.

Vermont law does provide that protective orders for family or household members may, at the court’s discretion as it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff and/or the children, prohibit a defendant from possessing firearms.1

See our Domestic Violence & Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 1103(c). []