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Federal law prohibits any person from selling or otherwise transferring a firearm or ammunition to any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to any mental institution.”1 No federal law requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database, which the FBI uses to perform background checks prior to firearm transfers.

There is no law in Wyoming requiring the reporting of mental health information to NICS.

For general information on the background check process and categories of prohibited purchasers/possessors, see the Wyoming Background Checks section and the section entitled Wyoming Prohibited Purchasers Generally.

 See our Mental Health Reporting policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. 18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(4).[]