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Wyoming Gun Control Laws

Wyoming gun control laws are among the least-restrictive in the United States. Wyoming law does not require a permit or registration to buy, own, or carry a gun.

As you might imagine, a state known as the Cowboy State is going to have relatively lenient gun control laws. Indeed, Guns & Ammo magazine named Wyoming one of the best states for gun owners and gave it a "Perfect 10" score for its open carry laws that allow permit-less carry buy also "shall issue" permits to allow residents to carry in reciprocal states.

Getting a handle on gun laws can sometimes be tricky, especially when states and the federal government have separate and sometimes overlapping statutes. This is a quick summary of gun control laws in Wyoming.

Gun Control Laws in Wyoming

Every state has its own gun control laws that restrict the purchase and use of firearms. Even under the Second Amendment, certain weapons and accessories, like sawed-off shotguns and silencers are illegal under Wyoming’s gun control laws. However, the state also has no waiting period for prospective gun buyers, so long as they meet certain eligibility requirements for gun ownership.

Wyoming Gun Statutes

Each state can treat firearm laws in their own way. The following chart outlines Wyoming’s gun control laws.

Code Section 6-8-102, et seq.
Illegal Arms Not listed
Waiting Period None
Who May Not Own Convicted of violent felony or attempt to commit violent felony
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds 6-8-104

While Wyoming has its own particular gun laws, federal law also regulates gun ownership, mostly by limited the types of firearms a person may legally own. And where federal and state laws intersect, it is important to know that federal law always trumps. Therefore, all Wyoming gun owners are also subject to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Firearms Act, and should be familiar with both statutes. While the Second Amendment allows citizens to own certain firearms, the government, both state and federal, can still put some restrictions on the kinds of guns people can own and how they are purchased.

Wyoming Gun Control Laws: Related Resources

State firearms regulations can vary between jurisdictions, and understanding how they coincide with federal gun laws can be confusing. If you, or someone you know, has been injured by a gun in the state of Wyoming, you may have recourse against the manufacturer, distributor, or owner of the gun. If you would like legal assistance with a gun matter, or would like to know your rights and responsibilities as a gun owner in Wyoming, you can contact a Wyoming attorney. You can also visit FindLaw’s Gun Law section for more information and articles on this topic.

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