The new law, strongly supported by gun rights advocates, received the overwhelming endorsement of the Legislature last winter.
Wyoming joins Alaska, Arizona and Vermont in allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns without undergoing background checks or firearms training.
During the second of two seminars on the new law sponsored by the Cheyenne Police Department on Wednesday, the instructor, officer Jay Remers, told the group that it still is beneficial to get a concealed-weapons permit.
The firearms training is valuable for gun owners who may be familiar with hunting rifles but not with using handguns, particularly if faced with someone armed with a knife, he said.
Also, Wyoming concealed-weapon permits are honored in about 34 states. And carrying without a permit is illegal in every other state except Alaska, Arizona and Vermont.
Remers stressed that people who carry concealed handguns without permits still must obey all federal and state gun laws, which prohibit weapons in schools, public buildings, courthouses, churches and bars, along with anywhere notices prohibiting firearms are posted.
Source: Joan Barron for Billings Gazette.