The Intersection of Gun Trafficking and Vermont's Drug Crisis

Vermont’s easy supply of guns is fueling the guns-for-drugs trade in the state by making it easy for convicted criminals to purchase firearms undetected. Law enforcement officials have described Vermont as a state “where you have drugs going in and guns coming out.” (1)

  • Vermont has the highest rate of illicit drug use in the country (15% of respondents used in the last month).(2)

  • Vermont has one of the highest rates of gun trafficking in the Northeast, with Vermont guns being recovered at out-of-state crime scenes at more than double the rate of other states in the region.(3)

  • According to the Globe, authorities in Springfield, MA have recovered a dozen guns at crime scenes that they traced to Vermont, more than any other state outside Massachusetts. (4)



(1) WCAX, “WCAX Investigates: Guns and drugs” Feb 7, 2013

(2) SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, NSDUH, 2010 (Revised March 2012) and 2011