I'm a Free Stater living in Manchester since 2009.
The laws about open carry are completely relaxed, although I do recall that a couple of years ago the legislature had enacted a ban against open carry within the State House. I never go to the State House so I'm not up on whether that was lifted.
The legislative activism has definitely been effective, in addition to Jenn Coffey's repeal of all knife laws the legislature has passed forms of stand your ground/castle doctrine, one of them in response to the arrest and conviction of a man named Ward Bird for using a weapon to remove an unwelcome visitor from his property. (He is now free.)
We aren't perfect, Vermont-carry is still in the works (again, I don't spend any time at the State House myself so I'm not up to date) but the dozen or so Free Stater Reps in the House have had an easy time connecting and working with the existing legislature to ensure the protection of personal defense rights.