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Wyoming Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

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By    |   Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 12:12 PM

Not unlike its neighboring states, Wyoming has less restrictive gun laws than the rest of the nation. The state does not require a background check, the registering of firearms, or a waiting period prior to the purchase of a firearm. In addition, a Wyoming resident permit can be obtained for the purposes of carrying concealed while in other states that offer recognition or reciprocity.

The differences between Wyoming and its neighboring states with regards to gun laws are negligible, according to the National Rifle Association of America's Institute for Legislative Action. In Idaho, for example, residents are required to carry a handgun, though that is the only requirement in the state. In Colorado, to the east, a permit is required to carry a concealed weapon. Nebraska requires a permit for both the purchase and carrying of a handgun.

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In Montana, a permit to carry concealed is not needed outside the limits of cities or towns. The open carry of a weapon is generally allowed by any person who is not otherwise prohibited from doing so under federal or state law. A person carrying openly may communicate to another person the fact that the person has a weapon. It is unlawful to carry or bear a concealed handgun without a permit to carry.

According to a report in The Daily Beast, Wyoming and one of its neighbors have high rates of gun violence in common. Both Wyoming and Montana were listed among the states that have the highest number of gun fatalities in the country. Montana ranked at No. 9, and Wyoming followed at No. 10.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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