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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Wyoming gun laws operate on an "Unrestricted" and “Shall Issue” policy, the later being for reciprocity purposes. Residents can carry a firearm either concealed or open with no permit required. Non-residents must have a permit that Wyoming honors to conceal carry in the state. Wyoming will not issue permits to non-residents. Military personnel posted from Wyoming and posted to another state can still obtain a permit.

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Wyoming is an “Unrestricted” & “shall issue” state
Shall issue is used for reciprocity
Residents only
Constitutional carry – no permit required (residents only)
The permit is valid for 5 years

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Resident of Wyoming for not less than six months
  • Does not suffer from physical infirmity which prevents safe handling of a firearm
  • Demonstrates familiarity with a firearm
  • Does not chronically or habitually use alcoholic liquor and malt beverages to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired
  • Is not currently adjudicated to be legally incompetent
  • Has not been committed to a mental institution
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

    Off Limit Areas

    Where You Can Carry

    • State parks
    • State and national forests
    • Road side rest areas
    • Vehicle
    • All areas of the state – except those listed below

    Where You Cannot Carry

    • Any facility used primarily for law enforcement operations or administration without the written consent of the chief administrator
    • Any detention facility, prison or jail
    • Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section shall preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in the courtroom.
    • Any meeting of a governmental entity
    • Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof
    • Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
    • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic liquor and malt beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to that purpose
    • Any place where persons are assembled for public worship, without the written consent of the chief administrator of that place
    • Any elementary or secondary school facility
    • Any college or university facility without the written consent of the security service of the college or university
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

    Details on Wyoming Gun Laws

    Get in Touch

    Division of Criminal Investigation


    Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

    Saturday Closed

    Sunday Closed


    Address 208 South College Dr.

    CityCheyenne, WY 82007

    Phone (307) 777-7181

    Email cfp@wyo.gov



      1. If you have a current CHP and it reciprocate’s with Wyoming, you can apply for the permit under 6 months. Check with the sheriff’s dept in the county you will be residing in

      2. You have 30 days to register your vehicle in Wyoming if you are employed, and to get a Wyoming I.D. you have one year. The bad news is, I’m pretty sure you have to establish residency for a year before you are covered under Wyoming Gun Laws though. I’m not completely sure on that, but I would say I’m about 90% confident that’s true. If you have residency, you don’t have to apply for a permit as you can carry concealed without one in the State of Wyoming. I see guys carrying every day, concealed or open carry. I would hate to be the bad guy that tried something stupid in this state, especially in the smaller cities.

        For applying for a CCW, You may be right that you only have to wait 6 months, however I believe that it requires residency, which would be a full year. The reciprocity is really strong here though as Wyoming recognizes 35 other states CCW’s, so you’d probably be covered there if you already have one.

    1. Will Wyoming honor the age of out of state conceal carry say an under 21 year old in as has a conceal carry permit since South Dakota’s age is 18 and above?

      1. The supreme court has ruled that 21 is age discrimination; it was finally challanged. 18 and over is the requirement. not every state has adjusted their laws yet, too lazy.

    2. tim you must live in Wyoming for six months from the day you become a Wyoming resident, one year for a resident hunting license. If you decide on Wyoming I would apply for a Wyoming license as soon as possable to begin the one year wait. Stay safe.

    3. Will a carry permit issued as a NON-resident from a state (Maine)just be as respected by Wyoming’s reciprocity?
      Thanks, Bob

    4. So if you’re a resident no permit is needed to carry concealed or open? How long must you live in the state to be a resident? Planning on retiring out west. I’m in Indiana now..

      1. I would like to know if a neighbor can legally shoot my cats when in my yard.we live in a mobile home park.

    5. Planning to travel to Wyoming from Oregon. My carry permit is not good in Wyoming. Open carry, or visable in my vehicle is not an option. Leaving my weapon in the vehicle while I’m not in it is not an option either. I guess I’m just screwed as far as going on this trip armed. Too bad , as I would have spent a lot of money is Wyoming.

      1. Trust me when I say, WE DONT WANT YOU. Stay your Oregon liberal ass out. Just because you have a firearm doesnt change the fact you a libtard libby libtard.

      2. Open carry legal in Wyoming for nonresidents. Conceal carry is not.

    6. 2018 the law changed to allow carrying in church. The provision prohibiting it was removed.

    7. So many errors. “Carry in liquor establishments” That’s wrong. I get that you define that as restaurants that serve alcohol, but that’s misleading. Plus the places “where you cannot carry” includes many places where you cannot carry concealed. You can carry openly in a lot of those places, like a bar, or a school if the court ever ends up having a case and has the same finding as Michigan, where the law is almost exactly the same.

    8. Is there a restriction on how it can be carried in a vehicle? Some states do not allow you to modify the vehicle to mount a weapon inside, such as magnets, or mounted holsters and I was wondering what the restrictions are here.

    9. If you have a concealed permit, can you carry a gun on your hip not completely concealed? If it covered by a jacket or long shirt, is that sufficient as concealed if you can still see “the bump”?

      1. Paul, as a permit holder there would be no restrictions on how your firearm is carried, open or concealed so, a partially concealed handgun would be legal. As open carry is legal, there is no requirement to conceal. Without the permit and if not a resident, it must be in plain view and any covering, even partial, would consider it concealed. Hope that helps.

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