I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?
Vermont state law says that a person cannot have or buy a gun if any of the following apply:
- s/he has been convicted of a violent felony;1
- s/he is subject to an extreme risk protection order;2
- s/he is subject to a relief from abuse order that includes firearm restrictions;3 or
s/he is on probation and his/her order of probation restricts his/her access to firearms.4
If any of these situations apply to the abuser, it may be illegal for him/her to have a gun. Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, may restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
1 13 VT ST T. §§ 4017; 5301(7)
2 13 VT ST T. § 4053(2)
3 14 VT ST T. § 1103(c)(1)
4 28 VT ST T. § 252(b)(8)