About Us

Founded in 2012, GunSense Vermont is a non-partisan group that works to ensure that all Vermonters are free from gun violence.

We work with local and national organizations, students and survivors using evidence-based practices to advocate for laws that reduce gun violence in Vermont. GunSense’s non-profit arm, the GunSense Vermont Education Fund, informs and educates Vermont residents on all aspects of gun violence, including suicide, homicide, intimidation and domestic violence. It works to promote and facilitate civic engagement to reduce the impact of gun violence on Vermont residents.

In 2018, GunSense Vermont helped pass landmark legislation to:

  • Mandate background checks on most gun sales
  • Raise permitted age of purchase to 21 years old
  • Limit magazine capacity
  • Improve the ability of law enforcement to remove weapons from the scene of domestic violence
  • Provide a process to limit access to firearms when a person is adjudicated as a danger to self or others

GunSense Vermont is a grassroots organization that is part of a growing movement nationwide
to stem the epidemic of gun violence. The United States suffers more than 35,000 gun deaths annually, far surpassing any other developed country. Our members recognize that gun violence is a public health crisis, and we are demanding that our elected officials take meaningful action to address it.