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Note: The processes listed below apply to the majority of people. If you are active-duty military, honorably discharged military, law enforcement, or retired law enforcement, the processes below may be slightly different (easier) when applying for a concealed carry permit.


Types of Concealed Carry Permits

NONE – Vermont doesn’t issue concealed carry permits. Any resident or non-resident that is 18 years old and can legally possess a firearm may carry concealed or open. No permit is required.


Is it Required to Carry Concealed?

No – if you legally possess a handgun, you may carry open or concealed.

May Issue or Shall Issue?

N/A. Vermont doesn’t issue concealed carry permits.

Process to Apply

N/A. Vermont doesn’t issue concealed carry permits.

Reasons You Can’t Legally Carry

You cannot carry if you meet any of the following conditions:

  1. You are illegally in the United States.
  2. You’ve been convicted of a felony.
  3. You’ve been convicted of a violent crime, including domestic violence.
  4. You’ve been convicted of kidnapping.
  5. You’ve been convicted of robbery.
  6. You’ve been convicted of burglary.
  7. You’ve been convicted of a crime punishable by a prison term greater than 1 year.
  8. You are subject to a restraining order or other similar court order.
  9. You are a drug addict, habitual drunkard, an unlawful user of any controlled substance, or are determined to be of unsound mind.
  10. You have a mental illness.
  11. You’ve received voluntary or involuntary treatment in a psychiatric hospital, mental institution, or similar treatment facility for any reason.
  12. You are a fugitive from justice.
  13. You’ve been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
  14. You are subject to a firearms seizure order.

Location Restrictions for Carrying

It is unlawful to carry a handgun, even if you have a concealed carry permit, in the following locations:

  • Federal buildings.
  • Courthouses.
  • Federal prisons.
  • Indian reservations.
  • Post offices.
  • Military bases.
  • On school property.
  • On or in any state institution property.
  • In State buildings under the Department of Buildings and General Services’ jurisdiction.
  • Any building with controlled points of public access, metal screening devices at each point of public access.
  • At the Bomoseen state game refuge.
  • Passed the security checkpoint at airports.
  • Jails, prisons, or other correctional facilities.
  • Anywhere you decide to consume alcohol. You cannot carry a firearm if you consume any alcohol.

Transporting a Handgun Through & Throughout VT

If you can legally possess a handgun, you may carry a loaded (concealed or open) handgun on your person in a vehicle.

Additional Notes About VT Handgun Law

Does VT Law Incorporate Stand Your Ground?


The Stand Your Ground law permits you to use force, and not retreat, when faced with a threat. Stand Your Ground protects your use of force, even deadly force, when used to protect yourself or others if you reasonably believe there is an imminent threat of serious harm or death. To be protected under Stand Your Ground, you must be in a place where you have the lawful right to be.

Does VT Law Incorporate the Castle Doctrine?


The Castle Doctrine is similar to Stand Your Ground. The Castle Doctrine permits you to use force (even deadly force), and not retreat, when you’re in your own home. This again assumes you reasonably believe there is an imminent threat of serious harm or death on yourself or others in your home.

This ‘castle’ is sometimes broadened to cover you when you’re in your yard, car, etc. Each state’s Castle Doctrine law is written differently – consult your state’s law to confirm if your state extends the meaning of a ‘castle’ to cover more than just your home.

Reciprocity – What State Permits Does VT Recognize?

ALL. VT honors every other states’ concealed carry permits.

Reciprocity – Where is the VT Permit Recognized?

Although VT doesn’t issue concealed carry permits, any Vermont resident that may legally possess a handgun may concealed carry in the following states:

VT Reciprocity

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