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Wyoming Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 04/19/2019
Carry allowed with my Wyoming permit?
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Wyoming Gun Laws

Wyoming is a shall-issue state. Wyoming Concealed Firearms Permit (CFP) applications are processed on a local level by the county sheriff’s office and issued by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Local law enforcement has some discretion in determining whether or not to issue a concealed weapons permit to an applicant.

No permit is needed to purchase a firearm from a private individual, no background check is required, there is no waiting period and there is no firearms registration in the state. Background checks are required if purchasing a handgun from a Federal Firearms Dealer. However, a Wyoming CFP exempts the holder from the federal requirement of a background check prior to purchase of a firearm.

Open carry is legal for residents and non-residents without a permit.

Concealed carry is legal for residents of Wyoming without a permit/license and for non-residents that have a permit/license that Wyoming honors. The minimum age to purchase and possess a handgun is 21 years old — 18 years old for shotguns or rifles. Some areas are off-limits, including schools as well as businesses primarily devoted to the sale and consumption of alcohol.  A Wyoming CFP requires a firearms-training course that has been state approved or experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition or military service. Wyoming does not issue non-resident permits. In terms of reciprocity, Wyoming honors permits from other states that recognize Wyoming permits.

Wyoming is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law. Any person who uses force as reasonably necessary in defense of his person, property or abode or to prevent injury to another is immune from civil action for the use of the force. There is no duty to retreat and the law applies at a person's home or habitation or any place where the person is lawfully present.

32k
Permits Issued
0.6M
State Population
5.54%
Permit Percentage
35
States Honored
36
Reciprocating States
21
Minimum Age to CC

Wyoming Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Wyoming allow constitutional carry?

Yes, only for residents. [Wyo. Stat. § 6-8-104(a)(iv)]

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Wyoming?

Yes, without a permit.  Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Wyoming requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue, with discretion.* [Wyo. Stat. § 6-8-104(g)]

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Wyoming to get a concealed carry permit?

21

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Wyoming with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Wyoming issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

No.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Wyoming allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Wyoming?

Yes. Wyoming residents who can legally own a firearm can carry it concealed on their person in a vehicle without any type of permit/license. Non-residents must have a permit/license from a state recognized by Wyoming to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Any person who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to open carry a loaded handgun inside a vehicle as long as it is visible.

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Wyoming?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Wyoming?

Yes, although the use of firearms is prohibited in all state parks, campgrounds, recreational grounds, historic landmarks or historic sites unless otherwise designated by the state Fish and Game Commission. [WyAR 024.0002.1.16]

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Wyoming?

Yes, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Wyoming have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Wyoming state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Wyoming?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Wyoming have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Wyoming have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Wyoming? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. Per Wyo. Stat. § 6-3-303 A person is guilty of criminal trespass if he enters or remains on or in the land or premises of another person, knowing he is not authorized to do so, or after being notified to depart or to not trespass. For purposes of this section, notice is given by:

  • Personal communication to the person by the owner or occupant, or his agent, or by a peace officer; or
  • Posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.

Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, a fine of not more than $750.00, or both.

[Wyo. Stat. § 6-3-303]
Preemption?

Does Wyoming have [preemption laws](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes.  The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state.

[Wyoming Statute § 6-8-401(c)]
Red Flag Law?

Does Wyoming have a red flag law?

No.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied."
Article 1, Section 24

Wyoming Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Wyoming honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)

The Wyoming concealed firearm permit statute provides that Wyoming will honor permits from other states, and issue Wyoming permits to holders of permits from other states, if:

    1. the other state recognizes Wyoming permits; and
    2. the permit from the other state is valid statewide.

The minimum age is 21 years old.


Other States' Reciprocity With Wyoming

Which states honor permits from Wyoming?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Have been a resident of Wyoming for at least 6 months or hold a valid statewide concealed firearm permit issued in another state that recognizes Wyoming permits;
  • Be at least 21 years of age (or at least 18 years of age if the local sheriff makes a personal recommendation on the applicant’s behalf);
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a firearm by past experience or through the completion of certain safety or training courses;
  • Not be prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm;
  • Not suffer from a physical infirmity that would prevent the safe handling of a firearm;
  • Not have been committed to a state or federal facility for the abuse of a controlled substance within the previous year;
  • Not have ever been convicted of certain state or federal felony crimes relating to controlled substances, and has not been convicted of certain state or federal misdemeanor crimes relating to controlled substances within the previous year;
  • Not chronically or habitually use alcoholic liquor or malt beverages to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired, and not have been involuntarily committed within the past 1-year period to any residential facility as a result of the use of alcohol;
  • Not currently be adjudicated to be legally incompetent, and not have been committed to a mental institution; 
  • Not have been found guilty of, or have pled no contest to, 1 or more misdemeanor crimes of violence within the last 3 years; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial Permit $64 (The sheriff’s office may charge a separate fee for processing and fingerprinting.)

Renewal $45

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

90 days

Application:

Link to application

Name/Address Changes:

You will need to complete an Address & Name Change Form and provide documentation for name changes and email or mail the completed form to the address on the form. New permits are NOT issued for address changes.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You will need to complete a Duplicate Permit Application, furnish a notarized statement to the DCI that the permit has been lost or destroyed and pay a $5 fee for a duplicate. The county sheriff's departments maintain all required forms and collect all funds for CFPs. They may also have notary publics, so they can complete all forms, make copies for their records and send the fees and completed forms to the DCI.


Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a training course on firearms, if necessary.

Step 2:

Download the application, fill out the form and print four copies.

Step 3:

Obtain a money order or cashier’s check for the application fee, made out to DCI or WY attorney general's office. They do not accept cash, credit cards or personal checks. Ask your local sheriff's office about its fees, which will be separate from the DCI fees.

Step 4:

Take your completed application to your local sheriff's office. You will need the following:

  • Completed application;
  • Proof of training or evidence of qualification; and
  • Photo ID.

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 5:

Take the remaining copy of your application to a Wyoming DOT Driver Services office to have your picture taken for the permit. This must be done within 10 days of your application.

Step 6:

You will be contacted by the sheriff's office within 90 days of when they receive your permit.


Firearms Training Requirements in Wyoming

An applicant for a concealed weapons permit in Wyoming is required to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm. Any of the following activities constitutes sufficient familiarity under Wyoming law:

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Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Wyoming Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You may apply for a renewal no earlier than 6 months before your expiration date. Renewals are considered late after the permit expiration date and an additional $10 late fee is applied. 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.

Step 2:

Download the application, fill out the form and print four copies.

Step 3:

Obtain a money order or cashier’s check for the application fee, made out to DCI or WY attorney general's office. They do not accept cash, credit cards or personal checks. Ask your local sheriff's office about its fees, which will be separate from the DCI fees.

Step 4:

Take your completed application to your local sheriff's office. You will need the following:

  • Completed application; and
  • Photo ID.
Step 5:

Take the remaining copy of your application to a Wyoming DOT Driver Services office to have your picture taken for the permit. This must be done within 10 days of your application.

Step 6:

You will be contacted by the sheriff's office when they receive your permit.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

No state agency has overall LEOSA responsibility in Wyoming. RLEOs from federal/out-of-state agencies/departments who reside in Wyoming may qualify with any firearms instructor (normally at a local department) approved by the Wyoming Police Officer Standards and Testing (POST). Once an RLEO completes annual qualification, a letter is issued certifying that the annual LEOSA qualification requirement has been met. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police provides stickers and form letters to the departments/agencies to indicate compliance with annual qualification requirements.


Wyoming Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Wyoming?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Wyoming residents who can legally own a firearm can carry it concealed on their person in a vehicle without any type of permit/license. Non-residents must have a permit/license from a state recognized by Wyoming to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Any person who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to open carry a loaded handgun inside a vehicle as long as it is visible.​​​​​​​ 
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes. 
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Wyoming?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Any elementary or secondary school facility;
  • Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
  • Any college or university facility without the written consent of the security service of the college or university;
  • Any facility used primarily for law enforcement operations or administration without the written consent of the chief administrator;
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail;
  • The Wyoming boy's and girl's schools;
  • Any courtroom, except that nothing shall preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in the courtroom;
  • Any meeting of a government entity;
  • Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof;
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic liquor and malt beverages for consumption on the premises, if primarily devoted to that purpose;
  • The state hospital; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Wyoming Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Wyoming?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Wyoming?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Wyoming?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Wyoming?

No.

What are the knife laws in Wyoming?

It is legal to own and open carry any type of knife. It is illegal to conceal carry a deadly weapon in Wyoming.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in WY?

Although in the Game and Fish Code, per Wyo. Stat. § 23-3-307 no person shall carry a firearm with a cartridge therein, or take any wildlife in Wyoming, while intoxicated or under the influence of controlled substance
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Wyoming Gun Laws


Wyoming Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
04/19/2019

Links checked

04/03/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Checked integrity of external links

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/28/2018

Updated car carry details/remove repealed (7/1/18) church carry prohibition

11/27/2018

Added links

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Wyoming


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