Wyoming Gun Laws

wyoming gun laws

Wyoming Gun Laws are based from the Article 1, section 24 of the State of Wyoming’s Constitution which reads, “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.”

In general, Wyoming Gun Laws do not require a permit to purchase, registration of firearms or licensing of gun owners. Also, a permit to carry is not a requirement when possessing a handgun outside one’s residence, controlled business establishment or occupied land. It should be noted that the State still releases a permit to carry for persons who wish to carry a concealed firearm in any of the states that honor permits issued under Wyoming Gun Laws.

Validity of Permits Issued Under Wyoming Gun Laws in Other Jurisdictions

Currently, the states below honor permits issued under Wyoming Gun Laws:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho (only enhanced permits are valid)
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maine
  15. Michigan
  16. Minnesota
  17. Mississippi
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. Nebraska
  21. New Hampshire
  22. North Carolina
  23. North Dakota
  24. Ohio
  25. Oklahoma
  26. Pennsylvania
  27. South Carolina
  28. South Dakota
  29. Tennessee
  30. Texas
  31. Utah
  32. Vermont
  33. Virginia
  34. West Virginia

On the other hand, permits issued from these states are recognized by Wyoming Gun Laws:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho (only enhanced Idaho permits are recognized)
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maine
  15. Michigan
  16. Minnesota
  17. Mississippi
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. Nebraska
  21. New Hampshire
  22. New Mexico
  23. North Carolina
  24. North Dakota
  25. Ohio
  26. Oklahoma
  27. Pennsylvania
  28. South Carolina
  29. South Dakota
  30. Tennessee
  31. Texas
  32. Utah
  33. Virginia
  34. West Virginia

Key Provisions of Wyoming Gun Laws

In addition to the general requirements stated in the first section of this article, here are the other rules and regulations enumerated under Wyoming Gun Laws:

1. A NICS check is required from a person purchasing a firearm. However, if he is a holder of a concealed firearm permit issued in Wyoming, he is exempted from such requirement.

2. Every firearm dealer must keep a record of firearm sales. The record shall be subject for inspection by any peace officer as the need arises.

3. The State allows the open and concealed carry of handgun as long as person in possession is at least 21 years old and exercising his right to bear arms is not in conflict with any court ruling that he may have that bars him from acquiring or possessing a handgun.

4. When applying for a concealed carry permit for the purpose of carrying a handgun in other states that recognize Wyoming permits, the following requirements must be met:

  • The person should be at least 21 years old.
  • He has a lawful reason to carry a concealed firearm.
  • The applicant must be a US citizen and Wyoming resident for at least six months prior to the application.
  • He is not suffering from any physical or mental impairment that hinders the safe use of a handgun.
  • The person is not a habitual drunkard or abuser of illegal or controlled substances.
  • He is not adjudicated legally delinquent or committed to a psychological treatment facility.
  • The applicant should have no felony convictions.
  • The person applying should not have one or more misdemeanor convictions in the past three years that involves violence.
  • He is not considered as a threat to himself or to other people.
  • The individual must be able to display competence in handling a firearm. He should be able to present a certificate of the successful completion of any of the gun safety training courses accredited by the State. A person is exempted from such requirement if he has been a participant in a shooting competition, he has served the military or is an honorably retired member of the police force after rendering at least 10 years of duty.
  • He must be able to fill-up the required forms, submit the supporting documents and pay the needed fees.

The attorney general may or may not approve an application if the mentioned conditions are not fulfilled.

5. A non-resident may carry a concealed firearm as long as he possesses a permit to do so from his state of residence. It should be kept in mind that the issuing state must be included in the list presented in the preceding section above.

6. It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in the following places:

  • Buildings occupied by law enforcement officials unless consent was given by the chief administrator
  • Detention facility, prison or jail
  • Any courtroom or areas used by the court except a judge or persons authorized by the proper court authority
  • Government meetings
  • Schools except when the person in possession is participating in a school activity that makes use of a handgun
  • Places that sell alcoholic drinks
  • Churches or places of worship without the express permission of the area’s chief administrator
  • Other places prohibited by federal or state laws.

7. A license and carry permit must be presented upon the request of the proper authorities.

8. Wyoming Gun Laws are silent on antique or replica guns, so they are treated as ordinary firearms.

9. The possession of a machine gun is allowed as long as it is for lawful purposes and the possession complies with federal and state laws.

10. A muffled or fully automatic firearm is not allowed in forest or game areas.

11. Discharging a firearm from any public road or highway is prohibited.

12. Hunting using a motorized vehicle is not allowed. Shooting at predatory animals is an exemption as well as if the hunter is handicapped and he has been given exemption by the Fish and Game Commission to hunt using a motorized vehicle.

Preemption

Wyoming Gun Laws exclusively reserve to the State Legislature the regulation of sales, transfer, transport, acquisition, taxation, manufacture, storage, possession or use of firearms.