In a prior post, Possible New CCW Reciprocity Law in Wyoming, I reported that a new law in the Wyoming State Senate, SF 26 sponsored by Senator Cale Case of Fremont County (Lander), would widen CCW reciprocity in Wyoming by taking away the ability of the State Attorney General to limit reciprocity to those states deemed to have CCW laws “similar” to Wyoming’s CCW statute. This was a severely limiting factor because when 50 states enact laws on any subject they are likely to be dissimilar in their details no matter how similar they might be in scope and general purpose.
SF 26 passed the Senate by a vote of 30-0 last Friday and was sent to the House. In the House it passed third reading today by 56-2, with 2 votes “excused.” The nay votes were from Mary Hales of Natrona County (Casper) and James Byrd of Laramie County (Cheyenne). That means it is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. Given the margins that it passed in both houses it would seem unlikely to be a candidate for a veto. UPDATE: Way back on January 16th Governor Freudenthal announced that he supports this bill. I must have missed it. That makes it a done deal.
If so, that will soon mean that Wyoming will recognize CCW permits from all states that recognize Wyoming permits.
At present, 28 states recognize Wyoming permits. Here is a list: AK*, AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT* This list should expand in the coming months as more states reciprocate with their recognition of Wyoming permits. Some of this recognition will be automatic in a state with a law like Wyoming’s. It will work in reverse as well. For example, under the new law, assuming Governor Freudenthal signs it, Wyoming will recognize Nebraska permits because Nebraska presently recognizes Wyoming permits. Heretofore Wyoming has not recognized Nebraska permits. That has been a rather stupid policy given that Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska are essentially one community.
*VT and *AK allow carry without a permit. So soon will Wyoming [probably], but it will be restricted to residents (not all stupid policies are being overturned at this time). VT and AK allow non-permit carry by visitors as well as residents. Idaho allows carrying without a permit “outside of a town.”
The use of the word “reciprocity” in the title to this and my previous post is actually not reciprocity but “recognition.” So far as I know Wyoming does not actually have any written reciprocity agreements with any other state.