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Wyoming Gun Laws Provide Interesting Case Nationally

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By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 06:31 PM

As the battle to restrict or loosen gun laws rages on both the state and federal levels, Wyoming has taken a firm stance on the side of gun owners’ rights.

Wyoming drew national attention in 2013 with the Wyoming Firearms Protection Act, which is one of the so-called “nullification laws” that make federal gun laws unenforceable within the state. The act referred to federal laws restricting the size of ammunition magazines or the ownership of semi-automatic firearms, and also included jail terms for federal agents who tried to enforce the federal laws.

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The House passed the act, but it died in the Senate. Another act that passed in the House but died in Senate committee was one allowing public school teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

Still, the impetus for the act put Wyoming on the gun law map as one of the most lenient states. The state is one of eight that has a Firearms Freedom Act on its books, making any firearms manufactured or made within the state not subject to federal firearms laws. Whether a Firearms Freedom law is constitutional or not has yet to be determined, and it will probably take a Supreme Court decision to do so. Although numerous states have enacted such laws, Wyoming was one of the first to do so.

Along with fighting federal changes to gun laws, Wyoming has consistently maintained a liberal approach to gun regulations statewide. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives the state an “F” for its gun laws, ranking it 48th out of all the states.

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The center cited, among other things, Wyoming’s 2011 decision to become the fourth state in the country to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without a license, and it also does not:

• require a state license for firearms dealers.
• require unlicensed individuals to do a background check before they transfer firearms.
• require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms, or for that matter, to license or register firearms.
• require a waiting period before a firearms purchase is completed.

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

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