Domestic Violence & Firearms in Vermont

Posted on February 20, 2015

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

When a subject to a protective order is required to relinquish firearms and ammunition in his or her possession to a law enforcement agency or an approved federally licensed firearms dealer.2 The court issuing the protective order may order that the subject of the order relinquish the firearms and ammunition in his or her possession to someone other than a law enforcement agency or approved federally licensed firearms dealer, unless the court finds that the relinquishment to the other person will not adequately protect the safety of the victim.3

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

  1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 1103(c). []
  2. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 20,  § 2307(b). []
  3. Id. []