Wyoming Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Wyoming

Wyoming gun laws govern the sale, use, possession, and transfer of firearms in the state. Wyoming is a “Shall Issue” state. The Office of the Attorney General of Wyoming issues concealed carry permits for residents only. Military personnel posted in Wyoming can get permits. Open carry is legal throughout the state with or without a permit. In 2012, Wyoming became an “Unrestricted” carry state, meaning you can conceal or open carry without a permit. They offer reciprocity with other states so gun owners can cross state lines with their firearms. The Wyoming Attorney General through the local Sheriffs office issue permits for reciprocity. Permits usually take about 90 days to obtain. The state preempts gun laws and does not allow counties to override them with their own. Wyoming has no rules regarding magazine capacity and assault-style weapons. Non-residents can open or concealed carry but only with a license. NFA weapons are not restricted in Wyoming.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes/No-Without a Permit/License Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 36 # of states that honor Wyoming license
  • 35 # of state licenses that Wyoming honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 64 $ cost of the license

Wyoming’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Wyoming CCW Reciprocity Map

States form reciprocity agreements to make it easier for gun owners to travel from state to state with their weapons. These thirty-six states honor a Wyoming gun permit 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Wyoming allows these thirty-five state gun permits 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Wyoming concealed carry permits are for reciprocity only because the state operates on an “Unrestricted” policy for open and concealed carry. You can legally carry in state parks, wildlife preserves, your vehicle and rest areas with or without a permit. You cannot carry in any police facilities, jails, prisons, schools, government buildings, legislature meetings, courtrooms, bars, churches, colleges, any athletic events, and all federal “off limits” areas. The Wyoming Attorney General through the local Sheriffs office issues permits. They cost $64 and last for five years. You must pay your fee with a money order or cashier’s check. They do not take any personal checks. You do not have to notify any officers when you are carrying. You do however have to honor “no weapons” signs. You may carry in restaurants that serve alcohol unless they have a “no guns” sign. Residents can carry a loaded firearm in their car, but non-residents must have a permit to do so.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To apply for a concealed carry permit, you must be 21 years old or older and must have been a resident of Wyoming for at least six months. You must take a firearms safety course, and you cannot have any physical disability that prevents you from using a gun. You cannot be legally incompetent, and you cannot be addicted to drugs or alcohol. You cannot have been in a mental institution either. You must comply with all federal regulations and cannot have any convictions for felonies.

Wyoming Gun Background Check

Wyoming is not a “point of contact” state, and they do not require a background check when purchasing a firearm. However, licensed gun dealers do need to follow federal regulations and contact the FBI to run a background check using NCIS on anyone buying a gun in Wyoming. Anyone with a concealed carry permit is exempt from this law. Private sales of firearms are also not subject to a background check before purchase. Dealers cannot sell to anyone that the state deems unfit to own a gun or whose license has been revoked.

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  • Long Guns
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WY CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Resident of Wyoming for not less than six months
  • Does not suffer from physical infirmity which prevents safe handling of a firearm
  • Demonstrates familiarity with a firearm
  • Does not chronically or habitually use alcoholic liquor and malt beverages to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired
  • Is not currently adjudicated to be legally incompetent
  • Has not been committed to a mental institution
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  2. Fill out the form and print 4 copies.
  3. Obtain a money order or cashiers check for the application fee. Made out to DCI or WY Attorney Generals Office. They do not accept cash, credit cards or personal checks.
  4. Ask your local Sheriffs office about their fees which will be separate from the DCI fees.
  5. Take the forms and money order to the Sheriffs office in the county you reside in.
  6. . Once all applications are submitted to the Sheriff’s Office, the remaining copy is to be taken to a Wyoming DOT Driver’s Services office to have your picture taken for the permit. This must be done within 10 days of your application.
  7. You will be contacted within 60 days by the Sheriffs office when they receive your permit.

CCW Renewal

  • You may apply for a renewal six months before your expiration date, but no earlier than that.
  • Renewals are considered late after the permit expiration date. You can only apply for a later renewal up to 6 months after the expiration date. After that a new application and fees are required.
  • The fees are: $45 (Renewal application before expiration date) and $55 (Late renewal after the expiration date)

WY Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Concealed handgun permit$64.00$45.00 before expiration date
$55.00 after expiration date
Duplicate: $5.00$150.00

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Wyoming

AllowedForbidden
State parksAny facility used primarily for law enforcement operations
State and national forestsAny detention facility, prison or jail
Road side rest areasAny courtroom
VehicleAny meeting of a governmental entity
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof
Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic liquor and malt beverages for consumption on the premises
Any place for public worship
Any elementary or secondary school facility
Any college or university facility
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Wyoming CCW Contact

Wyoming Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Division of Criminal Investigation
208 S. College Dr.
City:Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone:(307) 777-5916
(307) 777-7181

CCW Licensing Offices in Wyoming

Albany County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
525 Grand Ave.,Ste 101 Laramie, WY 82070

Phone
(307) 755-3520

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Big Horn County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
415 Murphy St, P.O. Box 69 Basin, WY 82410

Phone
(307) 568-2324

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Campbell County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
600 W Boxelder Rd Gillette, WY 82718

Phone
(307) 682-7271

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Carbon County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
4th & Pine street, PO Box 190 Medicine Bow, WY 82329

Phone
(307) 324-2776

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Converse County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
107 North 5th Street Suite 239 Douglas, WY 82633

Phone
(307) 358-4700

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Crook County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
309 Cleveland Street P.O. Box 339 Sundance, WY 82729

Phone
(307) 283-1225

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Fremont County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
460 Railroad Lander, WY 82520

Phone
(307) 332-5611

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Goshen County Sheriff's Office

Office Address
2120 East B St Torrington, WY 82240

Phone
(307) 532-4026

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Counties in Wyoming