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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Vermont, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 44.0%1
2002: 45.5%2
2001: 42.0%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Vermont, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 44.40%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Vermont, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 54.7%5 6
1991/2000: 66.9%
1981/1990: 64.5%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Vermont, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 697
2013: 65
2012: 56
2011: 78
2010: 70
2009: 60
2008: 54
2007: 52
2006: 54
2005: 44
2004: 61
2003: 48
2002: 62
2001: 51
2000: 55
1999: 57

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 11.017
2013: 10.37
2012: 8.94
2011: 12.45
2010: 11.19
2009: 9.60
2008: 8.65
2007: 8.34
2006: 8.67
2005: 7.08
2004: 9.84
2003: 7.77
2002: 10.07
2001: 8.33
2000: 9.03
1999: 9.43

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Vermont, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 107
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 17
2007: 13
2006: 13
2005: 12
2004: 10
2003: 12
2002: 8
2001: 14
2000: 11
1999: 17

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.607
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 2.72
2007: 2.09
2006: 2.09
2005: 1.93
2004: 1.61
2003: 1.94
2002: 1.30
2001: 2.29
2000: 1.81
1999: 2.81

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Vermont, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 9
2006: 8
2005: 7
2004: 2
2003: 7
2002: 3
2001: 7
2000: 4
1999: 8

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 1.44
2006: 1.28
2005: 1.13
2004: 0.32
2003: 1.13
2002: 0.49
2001: 1.14
2000: 0.66
1999: 1.32

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 19 10
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 5
2006: 7
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 5
2002: 8
2001: 5
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 3
1996: 3
1995: 1

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1612
2012: 0.32
2011: 0.32
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.64
2007: 0.80
2006: 1.12
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.48
2003: 0.81
2002: 1.30
2001: 0.82
2000: 0.49
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.50
1996: 0.51
1995: 0.17

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 39 10
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 4
1998: 1
1996: 2
1995: 6

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4812
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.48
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.64
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.16
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.66
1998: 0.17
1996: 0.34
1995: 1.02

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 19 10
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 2
2002: 1
2001: 0
1999: 2
1995: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1612
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.32
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.00
1999: 0.33
1995: 0.17

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Vermont, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Vermont, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1127
2012: 87
2011: 120
2010: 106
2009: 87
2008: 94
2007: 89
2006: 81
2005: 78
2004: 93
2003: 83
2002: 92
2001: 72
2000: 77
1999: 63

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 17.877
2012: 13.90
2011: 19.16
2010: 16.94
2009: 13.92
2008: 15.06
2007: 14.27
2006: 13.00
2005: 12.56
2004: 15.00
2003: 13.43
2002: 14.95
2001: 11.76
2000: 12.65
1999: 10.42

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Vermont, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 597
2012: 50
2011: 70
2010: 66
2009: 59
2008: 44
2007: 43
2006: 43
2005: 36
2004: 56
2003: 38
2002: 54
2001: 42
2000: 47
1999: 46

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 9.427
2012: 7.99
2011: 11.18
2010: 10.55
2009: 9.44
2008: 7.05
2007: 6.90
2006: 6.90
2005: 5.80
2004: 9.03
2003: 6.15
2002: 8.77
2001: 6.86
2000: 7.72
1999: 7.61

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Vermont, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 3513
2012: 30
2011: 38
2010: 42
2009: 27
2008: 24
2007: 15
2006: 26
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 36
2003: 17
2002: 15
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.5913
2012: 4.79
2011: 6.07
2010: 6.71
2009: 4.32
2008: 3.85
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 4.17
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 5.81
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Vermont, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 2113
2012: 19
2011: 27
2010: 22
2009: 26
2008: 17
2007: 22
2006: 14
2005: 20
2004: 18
2003: 15
2002: 30
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 10
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.3513
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 4.31
2010: 3.52
2009: 4.16
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 3.53
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 3.22
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 4.87
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Vermont, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 25
2000: 32
1999: 29

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 4.08
2000: 5.26
1999: 4.80

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Vermont, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 3
2003: 2
2002: 3
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 2
1999: 2

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.48
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.49
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.33
1999: 0.33

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Vermont, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Vermont, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Vermont, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Vermont, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 2
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 1
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 1

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.32
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.17

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Vermont, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Vermont, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Vermont, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Vermont, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Vermont, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 018
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 119
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 2
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 020
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0
1995: 1

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Vermont at a rate of 22.821 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Vermont ranked at No. 1621 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Vermont is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Vermont includes the Vermont Statutes and the Constitution of Vermont 178923

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Vermont are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Vermont, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Vermont, civilians are allowed to possess machine guns, with few exceptions,30 assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Vermont, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Vermont, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Vermont, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Vermont, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Vermont is 16 years for handguns (no minimum age for rifles or shotguns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Vermont does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Vermont, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Vermont, the law does not require (registration prohibited)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Vermont, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Vermont, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Vermont, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Vermont is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Vermont is not obliged (under State Law)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Vermont, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Vermont is reported to be

2015: 55146
2014: 54447
2013: 55848
2012: 55349
2011: 53850

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Vermont, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Vermont, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Vermont do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Vermont do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Vermont do not include (with some exceptions in vehicles)53 55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply56

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Vermont, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Vermont, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Vermont, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Vermont, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed without a permit63 64 25 26

Gun Free Zones

In Vermont, private guns are prohibited in courthouses (with limited exceptions), state buildings, private game reserves65 vehicles (loaded long guns)55 and schools66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Vermont as ‘F’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Vermont on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 668
2010: 669
2009: 870
2008: 971
2007: 972

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Vermont at No. 4173 among 50 US States


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