Concealed Carry State Laws In Wyoming
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Wyoming refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Wyoming are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Wyoming
While in Wyoming there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Wyoming the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Wyoming state constitution states: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.”
According to the Office of the Attorney General of Wyoming, Wyoming state law provides for the issuance of concealed carry firearm permits, (CCW) As a "shall issue" state, the local sheriff's office is required to issue a permit upon request, unless there is a valid reason to deny (such as violent felony conviction). A Wyoming permit is valid for 5 years.
Wyoming also recognizes concealed firearms permits from states with similar licensing requirements (subject to frequent review and revision), which currently includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
Wyoming is not in agreement the current administration; The Wyoming House of Representatives passed two bills in 2013 geared toward protecting or expanding gun rights in the state, including one aimed at nullifying some of the new federal gun restrictions proposed by the Obama administration.
Wyoming has a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine, and is a “Stand Your Ground” state. However, the stand your ground provision only applies when persons are within their own home. The law does not excuse crime victims from a duty to retreat outside the home. Under Wyoming’s law, deadly force is justified when a person has a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury due to the actions of an intruder. The law provides criminal and civil immunity to persons who use deadly force under those very strict circumstances.
Wyoming In 2013 members of the Wyoming state House gave initial approval to a bill that would nullify any gun laws passed by the U.S. Congress pertaining to extended magazines or semi-automatic weapons. The move the Wyoming legislature believes is not only unconstitutional, but it is thus far unnecessary: Congress has yet to pass any new gun laws for Wyoming to attempt to nullify, a very interesting state of affairs, To keep track of the political landscape and interaction between Wyoming and the US Congress become a member of US Precision Defense.
~regin~ Dating back to 2011 Wyoming has allowed its residents to carry concealed weapons without permits. The law was at the time strongly supported by gun rights advocates, and still is to this day. When the law was passed Wyoming joined Alaska, Arizona and Vermont in allowing its citizens to carry concealed handguns without undergoing background checks or firearms training.
Wyoming became the fourth state to affirm the right of its citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a special government-issued license. Wyoming’s CCW laws states that Wyoming “Shall Issue to Residents Only” which means that the issuing official SHALL issue a permit to a Wyoming resident if they meet all of the legal requirements. Non-Wyoming residents are not eligible for the Wyoming Concealed Weapon License. Although no CCW permit is required to carry concealed, the state still issues CCW’s for the purpose of reciprocity with other states.
Wyoming has the highest ratio per capita of gun ownership in the country, and as such has over recent years become the focal point of politicians all over the country, especially anti-gun liberals who have been known on several occasions to use gun data from Wyoming to twist the facts and distort the truth. Luckily, the residents of Wyoming have not been swayed from their support of the 2nd amendment.
In response to current threats from the Federal Government on banning firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition, States are beginning to take action to hold the Federal Government to its constitutional limits under the 2nd Amendment and Wyoming is at the forefront of this fight.
Wyoming Rep. Kendell Kroeker stated; “We need the second amendment because it is the protection for all of our other rights. Without it, those rights have no protection,”
Will the great state of Wyoming stomp the Feds and any donkey or elephant that infringes on the great Second Amendment? The answer is a resounding YES! This past year and in recent month the Wyoming legislature has sent a very loud and clear message to Washington, do not infringe on our second amendment rights, we will push back, and it is your responsibility to up hold the constitution, if you wont we will. Follow this and all gun rights issues on US Precision Defense.