Update on CCW Reciprocity in Wyoming

Wyoming Governor Freudenthal signed SF26 on March 4, 2010 and it was made effective immediately. It was originally not to become effective until July 1, 2010. The new law is Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) No. 5 and amends W.S. 6-8-104(a)(iii) to provide that anyone who holds a valid statewide CCW permit from another state that recognizes Wyoming permits may carry a concealed firearm in Wyoming. A copy of SEA No. 5 can be found here.

Non-residents (and residents) must be aware of the eleven places where they are prohibited from carrying regardless of their permit. Those are set forth in W.S. 6-8-104(t), as follows:

(i) Any facility used primarily for law enforcement operations or
administration without the written consent of the chief administrator;

(ii) Any detention facility, prison or jail;

(iii) 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;

(iv) Any meeting of a governmental entity;

(v) Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof;

(vi) Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to
firearms;

(vii) 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;

(viii) Any place where persons are assembled for public worship,
without the written consent of the chief administrator of that place;

(ix) Any elementary or secondary school facility;

(x) Any college or university facility without the written consent of
the security service of the college or university; or

(xi) Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal
law or regulation or state law.

I need to point out that even though I refer to “reciprocity” in the title of this post, it is actually “recognition” that this statutory change creates. Nothing in this change authorizes or requires the Attorney General to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with other states. The amendment provides that if another state “recognizes” Wyoming permits, that state’s permit will be honored in Wyoming. By my count, this raises to 28 the number of other state’s permits that will be recognized in Wyoming. The best way to determine if your state’s permit is recognized in Wyoming is to check the Attorney General’s website of your state, or whatever agency is in charge of CCW permits. In addition to the 28 I have counted, there may be others that have laws like Wyoming does now, and those would be automatically added to the total.

Even though reciprocity agreements are neither required nor authorized, I don’t see that they are prohibited either. Thus, the Wyoming Attorney General could probably enter into agreements with other states and further expand the number of other-state permits that Wyoming recognizes.

One thing I find interesting is that under the old law Wyoming recognized permits from other states that had laws “similar to Wyoming’s” as determined by the Attorney General. Now, Wyoming recognizes permits from other states that have laws similar to Wyoming’s, without any action by the Attorney General.

The amendment also denies issuance of a permit to anyone with a misdemeanor drug conviction within one year prior to the application for a permit.

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