GunSenseVT: Working Together to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

Gun Sense Vermont is an independent, grassroots organization of Vermonters focused on keeping guns out of the wrong hands and making sure that voices of the 85% of Vermonters* who support Universal Background Checks are heard in the Statehouse.

Our successful 2015 campaign resulted in the passage of a state-level law prohibiting felons from possessing guns and requiring the timely submission of disqualifying court records to the National Instant Background Check System. 

In 2017, we are supporting Vermont House and Senate bills to require background checks on all gun sales. Join us and help our growing group of Vermonters -- gun owners AND non-gun owners -- work to pass universal background checks and other policies that will ensure that guns stay out of the wrong hands. 

  • Featured event

    Montpelier Film Discussion: "Making A Killing - Guns, Greed, and the NRA"


    For years the NRA has relied on intimidation and gas-lighting to try to derail any productive conversation on gun violence. With those tactics becoming more widespread under the current Trump administration, it is essential to explicitly examine these tactics -- so that together we can stand against intimidation and help make the voices of the majority of Vermonters heard. 

    Together we speak for those who can't.
    Together we can be FEARLESS.

    Join us for a screening of "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" and for a post-film panel discussion on resisting intimidation in politics. Please arrive between 6:30 and 6:50pm. The documentary will start at 7:00pm sharp and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The  discussion will run from 8:45-9:30pm

    Popcorn is being provided for free! 

    Help spread the word. Invite your friends to the Facebook Event.


    April 11, 2017 at 6:30pm
    Savoy Theater
    26 Main St
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    United States
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    $5.00 USD · 37 rsvps
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    Support for Universal Background Checks Showcased at State House

    gunsense-jan2017ai-cbates-p1840052_(3).jpgReal, red flag stories build the case for change 

    “’Fingers crossed, no questions asked’ is not a smart policy when it comes to gun buyer criminal record checks in Vermont,” said Ann Braden, President of Gun Sense Vermont at the State House today. 

     The Cedar Creek Room was filled today with parents, teachers, survivors, doctors, nurses, clergy, gun owners, lawmakers and Vermonters from all walks of life cheering the introduction of legislation to close background check policy loopholes that let criminals and prohibited purchasers buy guns in Vermont without a background check.  They say the federal government prohibits violent offenders from buying and possessing guns and that Universal Background Checks are the most effective way to enforce that and keep guns out of the wrong hands.



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    Vermont Vigils to Remember the Victims of Gun Violence

    20161214_E_GunSenseVTvigil-6.jpgOn Wednesday, December 14, 2016, supporters of commonsense gun policy across the state gathered to honor the memory of the fourth anniversary of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT where 20 children and 6 adults were killed, as well as the 120,000 people in the United States who have lost their lives to gun violence since then.


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    October 2016 VPR Poll Finds 84% of Vermonters Support Background Checks

    _1490483.jpgA poll released on October 19, 2016 by VPR found that 84% of respondents support requiring universal criminal background checks on all gun sales in Vermont. Read the complete poll and results here. 

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  • From the blog

    February 2017 Gun Incidents

    A selection of publicly reported gun-related incidents for February.

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    January 2017 Vermont Gun Incidents

    A selection of publicly reported gun violence related incidents in Vermont. 

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