A Wyoming Firearm Bill of Sale is a form that records the details surrounding a gun sale in the state.
The document typically includes the seller’s and buyer’s name and signature and information about the gun transferred, such as the firearm model and serial number.
Wyoming has relaxed firearm laws compared to some other states.
The state is a constitutional carry state, which means any adult not otherwise prohibited may carry a firearm without requiring a permit (Wyoming Statutes Section 6-8-406).
Due to the freedom associated with the right to bear arms in the state, selling a firearm has few restrictions, but you may still want to create a Wyoming firearm bill of sale.
State permit to purchase: No
Registration of firearm: No
License to own: No
Assault weapon law: No
Magazine capacity restriction: No
Permit for concealed carry: No
Permit for open carry: No
How to Sell a Firearm Privately
There are no regulations for private sales of guns (Wyoming Statutes Section 6-8-401). The law makes it illegal for local city, town, or county governments to create regulations or prohibitions.
However, there are exceptions and guidelines to maintain compliance with federal law.
Due to public safety concerns, you cannot sell a firearm to anyone federal or state law prohibits. You also must ensure the buyer is at least 21 years old for a handgun and 18 years old for a shotgun or rifle.
The Wyoming legislature decided to uphold the Second Amendment rights of its citizens by providing lenient firearm laws.
Due to this, there are few rules to follow when owning or selling a firearm within this state but purchasers should refer to WY Stat § 6-8-404 for some requirements.
State law outlines those prohibited explicitly from possessing firearms (Wyoming Statutes Section 6-8-102), but some conditions have exceptions.
Any person with a violent felony conviction or a conviction of physical harm or attempt to harm a law enforcement officer is generally unable to purchase a firearm in the state. Still, there is an exception to allow ownership of an antique firearm.
The only full prohibitions under Wyoming law are for anyone with a court order of legal incompetence or commitment to a mental institution.
Anyone buying or selling must also abide by prohibitions under federal law (18 U.S.C. 922). The additional prohibited persons include:
- Convicted felons
- Fugitives from the law
- Persons with a controlled substance addiction
- Those who are unlawfully or illegally in the United States
- Individuals with a dishonorable discharge from the military
- Anyone subject to a court order for domestic violence
- Persons with a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence
Firearm Inheritance Laws
Transferring a firearm to another person through your will or estate plan follows the same rules as for private sales.
There are no additional regulations.
The state does not have any registration requirements for firearm purchases.
The police do not keep records of firearm sales.
The background check information is only for permit authorizations and not for maintaining a firearm registry.
Concealed Carry Permit
As a constitutional carry state, Wyoming does not require a firearm permit. Still, some individuals may wish to secure one for travel purposes. Many other states will recognize a Wyoming permit.
How to Apply
The state Attorney General will issue the concealed firearm permit (Wyoming Statutes Section 6-8-104(b),(g)).
Step 1 – Fill Out Application
You must complete an application and apply with the Sheriff’s Office in your county and pay fees.
To get approval, you must meet the following criteria:
- Resident of the US.
- Resident of the state for at least six months before the application
- At least 21 years old
- No physical issue preventing safe gun handling a firearm
- Not ineligible under state or federal law to possess a firearm
- Not under court-ruled substance abuse treatment within the past year
- No controlled substance-related convictions
- Completion of a training course or other certified proof of proficiency with a firearm
- Not legally incompetent
- No mental institution commitment
- Sheriff has not deemed the applicant a danger to oneself or others
Step 2 – Consent to Background Check
You also must complete and pass a background check.
Step 3 – Wait for Approval or Denial
The process takes about 90 days; the permit is valid for five years.
Anyone age 18 or older visiting Wyoming can open carry without restrictions. The state recognizes permits from states that honor Wyoming’s permit for concealed carry.
Reciprocity exists currently in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Wyoming Firearm Bill of Sale Sample
Below is an example of the Wyoming firearm bill of sale