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VT Gun Laws and How Vermont's Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 12:53 PM

Vermont’s blue state reputation when it comes to politics does not extend to gun ownership. The small state in the northeastern U.S. has very few governmental restrictions on firearms in its gun laws.

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The same cannot be said for the state’s neighbors. Vermont shares borders with Canada, as well as New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and the differences are plentiful – showing how Vermont’s gun laws differ from neighboring states. A look at gun policies in those neighboring states shows that New Hampshire and Vermont are aligned closely, while Massachusetts and New York have more governmental involvement.

1. Vermont does not require registration of any firearms. In the state of New York, handguns require registration with state law enforcement but rifles and shotguns (commonly used in hunting) do not. However, in New York City, every gun is required to be registered. New Hampshire does not require registration and in Massachusetts, registration is not required however police do require records of transfers.

2. Citizens of Vermont can carry firearms freely and without permits. There are a couple small exceptions though. Firearms may not be carried on state lands and if one chooses to carry a firearm in public, it must not be “carried with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring a fellow man.” Massachusetts requires a permit to carry a handgun and a Firearms Identification Card is required in order to carry a rifle or shotgun. New York requires a license to carry a handgun but not rifles and shotguns (except in New York City). And in New Hampshire, no permit is required to carry rifles or shotguns, but for handguns there must be a “proper purpose” in the application for a permit sent to local law enforcement.

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3. In Vermont, it is legal to purchase a firearm (handgun or rifle/shotgun) without a permit to do so. New York, on the other hand, does require an approved permit before buying a handgun. In New York City, that process includes a lengthy process and an in-person interview plus letters of recommendation. In New Hampshire, there are no state requirements for purchasing any type of legal firearm. And in Massachusetts, a Firearms Identification Card (also known as an FID) is required from those who want to purchase rifles and shotguns, and for those wanting to purchase handguns, a permit is required. Aliens and nonresidents who have licenses to carry cannot use their licenses to purchase firearms.

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