Posted on January 1, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Wyoming ranked 48th out of 50 – having some of the weakest gun laws in the country.
In 2013, the Wyoming legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.
Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation
|WY H 216||Allows a judge to carry a weapon in his courtroom or determine that someone else may carry a weapon in his or her courtroom.|
Among other things, Wyoming does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed individuals;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Regulate the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Require the reporting of mentally ill individuals to the database used for firearm purchaser background checks;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period prior to purchase of a firearm;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition; or
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms.
In addition, in 2011, Wyoming became the fourth state in the nation to allow private citizens to carry concealed firearms in public without a license or permit.
In 2010, Wyoming had the 6th highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Wyoming supplied the 12th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and the state exports crime guns at more than three times the rate at which it imports them.
Wyoming Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Wyoming, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.