Legal Information: Vermont

State Gun Laws

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March 29, 2017

If the abuser's gun(s) is taken away, what will happen to it?

If the judge orders that the abuser's gun must be taken away, the relief from abuse order should say who will take the gun(s) and who will hold it.  Generally, the gun(s) will either be turned over to a local law enforcement officer, a state law enforcement officer, or a family member of the abuser.

There are no set rules explaining how the guns will be stored, which can lead to confusion.  However, recently, the Vermont state police have made an inventory form that allows them to keep a record of how many guns are turned over to the Vermont state police.  This form also includes a notice to the defendant (the abuser), letting him/her know that s/he cannot have or buy guns while the relief from abuse order is in effect.  These forms, however, are not required by law and they are not used in every county.

If the abuser is charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor or any felony, you can ask the judge to order that the abuser give up any guns s/he has to the Vermont state police as part of his/her sentence.