Chapter 1, Article 16. of the Vermont Constitution states that “That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power”. In Vermont, a permit is not required to purchase rifles, handguns, shotguns or long guns.
Residents of the state of Vermont can purchase rifles and shotguns in another state, only if such residents conform to the applicable provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968, the provisions of law applicable to such purchase in the state of Vermont and in the state in which the purchase is made[i]. Likewise, Residents of a state other than the state of Vermont may purchase rifles and shotguns in the state of Vermont if such persons conform to the applicable provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the provisions of law applicable to such purchase in the state of Vermont[ii].
All pawnbrokers and retail merchants dealing in firearms shall keep a record book in which they shall record the sale by them of all revolvers and pistols, and the purchase by them of all secondhand revolvers and pistols. Such record shall include the date of the transaction, the marks of identification of the firearm, including the manufacturer’s name, the caliber, model and manufacturer’s number of the firearm, the name, address, birthplace, occupation, age, height, weight and color of eyes and hair of the purchaser or seller. Such purchaser or seller shall sign his or her name to the record and the pawnbroker or merchant shall preserve such record book for six years after the date of last entry and shall permit all enforcement officers to inspect the same at all reasonable times[iii].
The main government office that deals with issues relating to firearms is:
109 State Street,
Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1001.
Phone: (802) 828 3171
Fax: (802) 828 2154
[i] 13 V.S.A. § 4014
[ii] 13 V.S.A. § 4015
[iii] 13 V.S.A. § 4006