Generally, it’s not illegal to carry or possess knives in the State of Vermont. However, there is a statute in the state that specifies that carrying dangerous weapons, whether openly or concealed with criminal intent is prohibited. 13 V.S.A. § 4003  Vermont law prohibits the possession or sale of a “switchblade knife” with a blade of three inches or more in length. 13 V.S.A. § 4013

§ 4013. Zip guns; switchblades A person who possesses, sells or offers for sale a weapon commonly known as a zip gun, or a weapon commonly known as a switchblade knife, the blade of which is three inches or more in length, shall be imprisoned not more than 90 days or fined not more than $100.00 or both.

Statewide Preemption:



It is prohibited to furnish or sell firearms and other dangerous weapons to minors under 16 years of age. 13 V.S.A. § 4007.


On school property, buses and school buildings it is prohibited to possess dangerous weapons. 13 V.S.A. § 4004.

Critical Dimensions:

3 ” is the length of a blade which is prohibited for switchblade knives.

Concealed Carry:

Not prohibited.

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