Wyoming Gun Laws
Wyoming has some of the nation’s most permissive gun laws. The state constitution affirms the right to keep and bear arms, and Wyoming has rarely enacted any restrictive, anti-firearms legislation. Wyoming as virtually no hardware restrictions and does not require licensing or registration prior to obtaining a firearm. No type of license is required to carry a concealed firearm.
- Gun Laws at a Glance
- Firearm License Requirements
- Background Checks
- Gun Shows
- Ammunition and Hardware Restrictions
- Prohibited Persons
- Prohibited Places
- Concealed Carry Laws
Wyoming Gun Laws at a Glance
|Concealed Carry Premit Required||No|
|Open Carry Premitted||Yes|
|Waiting period before purchasing||No|
|Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting||No|
|Firearms License Required for Purchasing||No|
|Universal Background Check||No|
|Large Capacity Magazine Ban||No|
Firearm License Requirements
No type of license is required to obtain a firearm in Wyoming.
Wyoming has no law requiring background checks on purchasers buying from private sellers. Pursuant to federal law, background checks are required on any firearms purchases from licensed dealers. Dealers must process these background checks by contacting the FBI directly.
Concealed carry permit holders are exempt from background check requirements in Wyoming.
Wyoming does not regulate gun shows.
Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions
|Assault Weapons||Not restricted|
|50 Caliber Rifles||Not restricted|
|Machine Guns||Prohibited in state game fields and forests.|
|Large Capacity Magazines||Not restricted|
Wyoming specifically prohibits the possession of a firearm by anyone who has committed a violent felony or any felony causing harm to a police officer.
- Wyoming also prohibits the ownership of firearms by any person who:
- Has been convicted of any felony in any part of the United States
- Is currently adjudicated to be legally incompetent
- Has ever been committed to a mental institution
|Schools||Schools may authorize employees who hold concealed carry permits to carry firearms in school.
Firearms are prohibited at universities, colleges, and college sporting events.
|Designated employees must keep the firearm in a lockbox within their control at all times. They must also undergo firearms training.|
|Vehicles||Wyoming allows the carrying of firearms in vehicles without any type of carry license.||None.|
Concealed Carry Laws
|“No Gun” Signs||Enforced|
|State Park Carry||Permitted|
Obtaining a Concealed Carry License
Any person who can lawfully possess a firearm under Wyoming law may legally carry a concealed firearm in public.
For those wishing to obtain a permit, Wyoming is a ‘may issue’ state. This means that Wyoming reserves the right to deny any applicant.
|Requirements for a Concealed Carry License|
Concealed Carry Firearms Training
When applying for a concealed carry license in Wyoming, a person must demonstrate proficiency with a firearm. The following activities are all suitable demonstrations of such proficiency:
- Completion of any certified firearm course taught by instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Wyoming law enforcement academy
- Completion of any law enforcement firearms course offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or other security or law enforcement personnel
- Past participation in an organized shooting competition or military service
- Completion of any firearms training course taught by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor
- Certified as proficient in firearms safety by any Wyoming law enforcement agency
- Honorable retirement as a federal or state peace officer after a total minimum of ten years of service
- Proof of the above qualifying activity must be provided by submission of one of the following documents:
- A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the above courses
- A notarized affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization or group that conducted the course attesting to completion
- A copy of any document which shows completion of the course or participation in a firearms competition
Concealed Carry Location Restrictions
Even with a concealed carry permit, you may not carry a concealed firearm in the following locations:
- Any elementary or secondary school or facility
- Any school, college or professional athletic event (that is not related to or featuring firearms)
- Any college or university facility (firearms may be carried with the written consent of the designated security service)
- Any facility used primarily for law enforcement operations or administration (consent may be given by the administrator of such a facility)
- Any detention facilities, prisons, or jails
- Any courtroom (Except the judge may carry a concealed weapon and grant others to do so)
- Any meeting of a government entity
- Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof
- Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcohol for consumption on the premises if primarily devoted to that purpose
- The Wyoming boy's and girl's schools
- The state hospital
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation
Disclaimer: The information provided here is not to be construed as legal advice or acted upon as if it is legal advice: it is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only. While we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information. Gun laws can change frequently, especially at the state and local levels. Application of gun laws can be unique to an individual’s situation. We recommend that each individual consult with a competent and qualified legal professional before purchasing, transporting, or using any firearm or firearm-related product.