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Wyoming has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. Adopting proven gun safety policies would save a significant number of lives. 

In 2018, Wyoming enacted a dangerous “stand your ground” law that increases the likelihood of deadly public confrontations. In 2022, Wyoming had the eleventh highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 138 people die from gun violence in the state. That means someone dies from gun violence every 63 hours. Eighty-six percent of those deaths are gun suicides, and 10% are gun homicides.

What Wyoming Does Well

  • Ban on concealed carry in bars

What Wyoming Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.