Over 137,000 Wyoming residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Wyoming reported 32 domestic violence murders from 2012 to 2017. Although Wyoming doesn’t report the mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Wyoming does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection. Wyoming does not require removal of firearms from persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection; however, a court issuing an order of protection may order other injunctive relief as the court deems necessary for the protection of the petitioner.