Wyoming

Wyoming Law

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FIREARM PROHIBITIONS

Wyoming Domestic Violence Firearm Purchase and Possession Prohibitions

Wyoming does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

Wyoming does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms by persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection.  

WYOMING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDERS OF PROTECTION FIREARM REMOVAL

Civil Domestic Violence Orders of Protection that Require Removal

Wyoming law does not require the removal of firearms or ammunition from persons subject to domestic violence orders of protection; however, a court issuing an order of protection may “[o]rder other injunctive relief as the court deems necessary for the protection of the petitioner[.]”1

Individuals Who May Petition for an Order of Protection

A victim of domestic abuse may petition for an ex parte order of protection or order of protection.2

“Domestic abuse” is defined as “the occurrence of one (1) or more of the following acts committed by a household member but does not include acts of self defense:

  1. Physically abusing, threatening to physically abuse, attempting to cause or causing physical harm or acts which unreasonably restrain the personal liberty of any household member;
  2. Placing a household member in reasonable fear of imminent physical harm; or
  3. Causing a household member to engage involuntarily in sexual activity by force, threat of force or duress.”3

“Household member” is defined to include:

  1. Persons married to each other;
  2. Persons living with each other as if married;
  3. Persons formerly married to each other;
  4. Persons formerly living with each other as if married;
  5. Parents and their adult children;
  6. Other adults sharing common living quarters;
  7. Persons who are the parents of a child but who are not living with each other; and
  8. Persons who are in, or have been in, a dating relationship.4

Penalties for Violation

Any person who willfully violates an ex parte order of protection or order of protection “is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both.”5

This page was updated May 4, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.