Forrest C. Bright Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations

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    Forrest C. Bright Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations

    SEP 2008 and FEB 2009



    Confusion over WY Open Carry restriction

    Most, if not all towns and cities in Wyoming has adopted a city/town ordinance which prohibits a civilian (non-law enforcement) from carrying a weapon that can be seen by the public. The language contained within the individual city ordinances could vary from city to city. It would be your responsibility to check with local authorities as you travel throughout the state to insure that you do not violate local city ordinance. State Law does not prohibit or regulate open carry, that’s why it does not appear on our state web-site.



    Forrest C. Bright

    Director

    Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations

    316 W. 22nd Street

    Cheyenne, WY 82002-0150

    Office: 307-777-7181


    The State of Wyoming is an "open carry" state as it relates to firearms. However, the cities in Wyoming have a legal dominance of what is called "home rule". Home rule simply means that the elected Mayors and City Councils have been given the authority to govern their cities in the manner that they see fit, that also includes having the authority to adopt ordinances that are more restrictive than state statute. Cities can adopt ordinances that are more restrictive, but not less restrictive. Therefore, most all the cities in Wyoming restrict the open carry of firearms, by ordinance, within their jurisdiction. Persons who violate the ordinance can be arrested on the spot.





    Forrest C. Bright

    Director

    Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations

    316 W. 22nd Street

    Cheyenne, WY 82002-0150

    Office: 307-777-7181

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    TO: All Wyoming Sheriffs
    All Wyoming Chiefs of Police

    FROM: Forrest C. Bright, Director

    DATE: February 12, 2009

    RE: Concealed Firearm Permit Reciprocity

    I am writing to let all the agencies in Wyoming know of substantial changes resulting from review of other states’ concealed firearm criteria. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office recently completed examination of the other 49 states statutes for the purpose of honoring concealed firearms permits issued by another state, or reciprocity.

    Pursuant to Wyo. Stat. Ann. 6-8-401(a)(iii), Wyoming will recognize a permit from another state that “has laws similar to the provisions of this section, as determined by the attorney general . . ..” The Wyoming Attorney General has determined that with the exception of 8 states, presently all the others concealed firearm permit statutes are not sufficiently similar to Wyoming’s. Specifically, Wyo. Stat. Ann. 6-8-104(b)(v) prohibits issuance of a permit to any person who has been convicted of a controlled substance violation, felony or misdemeanor in any jurisdiction. Most other states’ analogous
    statutes do not.

    The Wyoming Attorney General holds that if a misdemeanor drug conviction disqualifies a Wyoming resident, is also needs to disqualify an out-of-state permit holder. Due to the difference in how each state handles controlled substance convictions, Wyoming is also limited in our ability to maintain reciprocity with states we may have previously.


    Accordingly, as of March 1, 2009, Wyoming can only honor concealed firearm permits issued by the following states: Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma, Maryland, Oregon, Massachusetts and Utah.

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    This is a second time for this individual.

    Out-of-State visitor Citizens and Wyoming Citizens both, suggestion contacting all of the following via e-mail and phone - Governor of Wyoming, AG of Wyoming, all Wyoming State Reps, and Wyoming Tourism Office - express your opinions.

    Request Gun Clubs and their members in your local area across the USA contact the same as above by e-mail and phone.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...-changing.html

    1. More details for Out-of-State visitor Citizens on above link.

    2. For both Wyoming Citizens and Out-of-State visitor Citizens, Points of Contact with Names, E-mails, and Phone Numbers for expressing your opinions.

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    I ain't never been to Wyoming and don't think I will ever go there in the future
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    --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

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    His first letter stating that Wyoming is home rule is flat out false. The law clearly says it's a state pre-emption state.

    Also, I think it's really the AG that's to blame, not Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright has to take legal advice from the AG.
    The facts are indisputable. There is more data supporting the benefits of Conceal Carry than there is supporting global warming. If you choose ignorance, in light of all the evidence, in order to bolster your irrational fear of guns, you are a greater threat to society than any gun owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPR View Post
    His first letter stating that Wyoming is home rule is flat out false. The law clearly says it's a state pre-emption state.

    Also, I think it's really the AG that's to blame, not Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright has to take legal advice from the AG.
    BlackPR

    You have done an outstanding job along with a few others of getting the word out on this out-of-state Citizen conceal carry.

    Agree Bright states the AG this and that. On the other hand who is pushing the AG and Bright buttons ? Why is WY changing after all this years ?

    Is it because of YNP in WY and the new carry conceal in NP issue ? then someone in the fed's is pushing this issue covertly ?

    Is it because the Demo's are in power now and are using WY as an example to the other 49 states ? then Demo's say look WY the wild west state is getting tough on gun laws ?

    Is this part of a bigger plot, to push for a national conceal carry law by congress in DC, then after passes raise the requirements in all 50 states to the same high level of BS for getting a conceal carry permit then go into the next phase of raising the bar higher to jump or just plain ban conceal carry except for peace officers ?

    Things like this do not happen out of chance, there is a reason for this but AG and Bright are not telling the complete story.

    Are the AG and Bright native son's of Wyoming or any other Pro Gun and 2A state ? or from an anti-gun state ?

    Montana has this same problem in a few areas too, like Great Falls and Billings. i.e. Current City of Billings MT Mayor is former Chief of Police of Billings - comes from Nebraska Highway Patrol - on Mayor Bloomberg Anti-Gun Organization and of course is a Demo. Had some big time legal issues when was Chief of Police. Yellowstone County Attorney is anti-gun / 2A is against Montana HR 228 Self Defense Bill that just passed the House and is headed to the Senate then to the Governor. Sheriff, maybe the same ?

    It is going to take both, Wyoming Citizens and Out-of-State Citizens pressure on the Governor and Tourism Dept to change the AG "opinion".

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