Vermonters for Commonsense, Common-Ground Improvements to State Gun Laws
Expanded Background Checks
Tougher Gun Trafficking Laws
Better Communication Between State Agencies and the Background Check System
Bringing Vermont Law in Line with Federal Law to Prohibit Violent Felons from Possessing Firearms
Gun Sense Vermont is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations, bridging groups such as the Child Safe Vermont, and the Vermont Public Health Association, to advocate for gun laws in Vermont that better protect our children, our public spaces and our communities.
We Must Close the Gaps in Current State Law
Vermont has many responsible hunters and gun owners, but we need laws to ensure that guns stay in the hands of those people and stay out of the hands of the wrong people. Because we do have a gun problem in Vermont — we are not immune.
- Vermont has the highest rate of gun deaths in New England – mostly by suicide.
- Vermont has the 12th highest suicide rate in the country and the highest in the northeastern U.S., the majority of which are carried out with a gun;
- Vermont, despite its small size, is 16th in the nation in exporting guns later found in crimes throughout the country, and exports more guns per capita than any other state in New England.
- Vermont does not require gun owners to secure their guns in a gun safe or with a trigger lock, despite the clear correlation between accidental shootings and unsecured guns.
- Over past 10 years, 50% of Vermont’s homicides have been domestic violence-related. In states that require a background check for private sales of handguns, 38% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners.
We can respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners while protecting the vulnerable and helping keep guns away from those who are not responsible.