Firearms in Parks

Beginning February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Firearms may not be discharged in this national park (except during legal hunting seasons) and can not be used as a wildlife protection strategy. Bear spray and other safety precautions are the proven methods for preventing bear and other wildlife interactions. See the Bear Safety and Wildlife Viewing pages.

Wyoming Overview (as of January 26, 2010)

Open Carry Allowed

Handgun = Yes

Rifle = Yes

In Vehicle = Yes

Age Requirement = None for Wyoming. Note: Federal law requires age limit of 18 and older for handguns.

Concealed Weapon Permit Required

Person = Yes

Vehicle = Yes

State Reciprocity = 23 states

Age Requirement = 21 years of age

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Firearms in Parks

Gun regulations in the National Parks brochure

18 U.S.C § 930 (g)(1) - Definition of "Federal Facility"

Wyoming State Firearms Information
Concealed Weapons FAQs
Wyoming Firearm Statutes part one
Wyoming Firearm Statutes part two
Wyoming Statutes

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012


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