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Title 13 : Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 085 : Weapons

Subchapter 001 : Generally

(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. § 4016)
  • § 4016. Weapons in court

    (a) As used in this section:

    (1) “Courthouse” means a building or any portion of a building designated by the Supreme Court of Vermont as a courthouse.

    (2) “Dangerous or deadly weapon” means any firearm, or other weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, whether animate or inanimate, that in the manner it is used or is intended to be used is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury.

    (3) “Firearm” means any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, that will expel a projectile by the action of an explosive and includes any weapon commonly referred to as a pistol, revolver, rifle, gun, machine gun, or shotgun.

    (4) “Law enforcement officer” means a person certified by the Vermont Criminal Justice Council as having satisfactorily completed the approved training programs required to meet the minimum training standards applicable to that person pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 2358.

    (5) “Secured building” means a building with controlled points of public access, metal screening devices at each point of public access, and locked compartments, accessible only to security personnel, for storage of checked firearms.

    (b) A person who, while within a courthouse and without authorization from the court:

    (1) carries or has in his or her possession a firearm; or

    (2) knowingly carries or has in his or her possession a dangerous or deadly weapon, other than a firearm, shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $500.00, or both.

    (c) Notice of the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each courthouse.

    (d) No dangerous or deadly weapon shall be allowed in a courthouse that has been certified by the Court Administrator to be a secured building. (Added 1993, No. 45, § 1, eff. June 2, 1993.)