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At a Glance


Over the last several years, Vermont has worked to enact common-sense gun safety laws, including prohibiting high-capacity magazines, raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21, requiring background checks for all gun sales, addressing the Charleston loophole, passing an Extreme Risk law, and prohibiting people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from having firearms.

78 In an average year, 78 people die by guns in Vermont. More at EveryStat.
#18 in the country for Gun Law Strength. (Up from #20 last year). See why.

In Vermont, the vast majority of all gun deaths are suicides. In response to that sobering statistic, in 2023, the legislature enacted a comprehensive suicide prevention package that included requiring secure storage of firearms, a waiting period for firearm purchases, and strengthened its Extreme Risk law. Despite this progress, Vermont still has not taken on many of the more innovative policies that its neighbors have pioneered and is the only state that has never had a concealed carry permit requirement.

The Latest

Vermont Lawmakers Pass Lifesaving Legislation to Prohibit Ghost Guns With Bipartisan Support Through Both Chambers; Vermont Chapter of Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond 

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