Together We Can Change the Conversation About Gun Violence
Gun Sense Vermont is an independent, grassroots organization of Vermonters who support stronger laws to ensure that guns stay out of the wrong hands. Our successful 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. The bill was signed into law in May 2015.
This significant victory marks the first time in decades that Vermont legislators have addressed the role of guns in our state, but there’s more to be done.
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.
- 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, 46% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners.
- Vermont exports more guns per capita than any other state in New England, with the 16th highest rate in the country.