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Wyoming Gun Laws

Introduction

Wyoming is located in the West of the United States and includes the foothills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains and the High Plains. Wyoming is the least populous state and is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho.

A. State Constitution

Regarding the right to bear arms, the Wyoming Constitution states:

“The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.”

[http://Ez.com/glbs206]

B. Scope of Preemption

The controlling language of Wyoming’s preemption statute is set forth as follows:

“The sale, transfer, purchase, delivery, taxation, manufacture, ownership, transportation, storage, use and possession of firearms, weapons and ammunition shall be authorized, regulated and prohibited by the state, and regulation thereof is preempted by the state.”

[http://Ez.com/glbs207]

C. Reciprocal Carry

Wyoming residents do not need a licenses to carry concealed.

(i) Is a resident of the United States and has been a resident of Wyoming for not less than six (6) months prior to filing the application. The Wyoming residency requirements of this paragraph do not apply to any person who holds a valid permit authorizing him to carry a concealed firearm authorized and issued by a governmental agency or entity in another state that recognizes Wyoming permits and is a valid statewide permit;

(ii) Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

(iii) Does not suffer from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a firearm;

(iv) Is not ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to 18U.S.C. section 922(g) or W.S. 6-8-102;

(v) Has not been:

(A) Committed to a state or federal facility for the abuse of a controlled substance, within the one (1) year period prior to the date on which application for a permit under this section is submitted;

(B) Convicted of a felony violation of the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act of 1971, W.S. 35-7-1001 through 35-7-1057 or similar laws of anyother state or the United States relating to controlled substances and has not been pardoned; or

(C) Convicted of a misdemeanor violation of the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act of 1971, W.S. 35-7-1001 through 35-7-1057 or similar laws of any other state or theUnited Statesrelating to controlled substances within the one (1) year period prior to the date on which application for a permit under this section is submitted.

By statute, Wyoming will recognize another state’s license to carry if that state recognizes Wyoming’s license:

“A person who wears or carries a concealed deadly weapon is guilty of a misdemeanor … unless: … (iii)The person holds a valid permit authorizing him to carry a concealed firearm authorized and issued by a governmental agency or entity in another state that recognizes Wyoming permits and is a valid statewide permit.”

[http://Ez.com/glbs208]

Since there is no national carry license, as with the other states, some states are reciprocal with Wyoming and some are not. Anyone contemplating reciprocal carry should check with the official list maintained by the Wyoming State Police at the point in time the reciprocal carry is to occur. States add and delete states with reciprocity agreements over time. Wyoming’s reciprocity agreements can be viewed here: [http://gunla.ws/rrjy]

D. Criminal Provisions

Under Wyoming law, a license to carry a handgun is not valid in any of the following places or circumstances, whether it is issued by Wyoming, or a person is carrying pursuant to a reciprocity between his or her state of license and Wyoming:

  • In all state parks, campgrounds, recreational grounds, historic landmarks or historic sites
    [http://Ez.com/glbs209]
  • Any facility used primarily for law-enforcement operations
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail
  • Any courtroom
  • Any meeting of a governmental entity
  • Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof
  • Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • An establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic liquor and malt beverages for consumption on the premises
  • A place for public worship
  • An elementary or secondary school facility
  • A college or university facility
  • Any place prohibited by federal law
    [http://Ez.com/glbs210]