Wyoming considers itself a "shall-issue" state in regards to providing CCW's for residents. They have a specific permit called the Wyoming Concealed Carry Firearms Permit (WCFP) which gets processed by the local sheriff's office within the county of residence. The local police have discretion in deciding to issue a concealed carry permit to any applicant.
You're not required to provide a permit, background check, or be subject to any waiting period if you're purchasing from a private individual.
You ARE required to go through a background check if purchasing a handgun from a Federal Fireamrs Dealer. If you're a WCFP holder you can be exempt from this process while purchasing a firearm.
You must be at least 18 to open carry, and you can do so without a permit in Wyoming. This new law came into effect on July 1, 2021 which allows for permitless concealed carry for any legal resident 21 years or older, and who may possess a firearm lawfully.
Wyoming does NOT issue non-resident concealed carry permits. Wyoming only honors permits from other states which recognize the Wyoming concealed carry permit.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Wyoming. During their time in Wyoming, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
Without a Permit/License Open carry is legal in Wyoming.
Without a Permit/License Any person who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to carry a loaded handgun inside a vehicle as long as it is not concealed on your person and is visible. 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 to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
Wyoming gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There are no legal requirements under Wyoming gun laws to tell law enforcement you have a firearm. The law does state that you must carry the permit, together with valid identification, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun and shall produce both documents upon demand by a law enforcement officer.