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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Wyoming.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 1 March
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Wyoming
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Wyoming prohibits the use or knowing possession of a firearm by any person who has previously pled guilty to or been convicted of committing or attempting to commit a violent felony or any felony causing bodily injury to a peace officer.
In 2010, Wyoming enacted a Firearms Freedom Act, purporting to exempt from federal regulation any firearm manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming. That law also prohibits possession of such a firearm by a person who:
- Has been convicted of any felony in any state, territory or other jurisdiction of the United States;
- Is currently adjudicated to be legally incompetent; or
- Has been committed to a mental institution.
The law also states that, to purchase such a firearm, a person must not fall within any of these categories and must comply with certain age restrictions…
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