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For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Constitutional Carry means that a State recognizes that the Constitution of the United States gives citizens a non-abridgeable right to keep and bear (as in carry) arms. So no test, CCW license or governmental interference. If you are resident of the state who is not prohibited from owning a firearm (i.e., a felon), you’re good to stow. You can walk into a gun store, pass the criminal background check, pay the man, load the gun, stick it in your pocket and walk. Despite his anti-gun record, Wyoming governor Mead has signed the Jennings-Jaggi Constitutional Carry bill. The Equality State becomes the fourth state to adopt Constitutional Carry, after Vermont, Alaska and Arizona. The gun right activists at WYGO are over the moon[clip] and girding for the next battle: gun-free zones . . .

This legislation marks a fantastic first step toward restoring your right to self-defense in Wyoming. Now is the time for us to forge ahead and repeal the numerous criminal safe zones in Wyoming.

Even though the Jennings-Jaggi bill has made it possible to carry a firearm without going through a laborious permit process, we are still a long way from being done.

Wyomingites are still not allowed to defend themselves in their places of worship, where they teach their children, or even when out to eat with their family. That is simply wrong.

Our Constitution doesn’t come with a list of places where our rights no longer apply. That’s why Wyoming Gun Owners’ number one priority is eliminating these places where criminals are armed, but the law demands you to be unarmed.

Meanwhile, bills mandating Constitutional Carry are pending in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Utah. A bill has stalled in Kentucky, and Idaho’s got something on the table. Hard-core anti-gun states like California and New York have decided that they’d rather hold their breath until they turn blue. Er. Blue-er.

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  1. The Equality State becomes the fourth state to adopt Constitutional Carry, after Vermont, Alaska and Arizona.

    I know that “The Equality State” is Wyoming’s “official” (i.e., tiredly-PC) nickname (because Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote, in 1890), but for most of us (including this UW graduate) it will always be “The Cowboy State.”

  2. Congrats to Wymoing! I’m looking forward to seeing a new “green spot” on’s Constitutional Carry map…

  3. Congratulations to Wyoming for recognizing its own constitution.

    Article 1, Section 24. Right to bear arms.
    The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.

  4. Congrats to Wyoming! I hate Illinois and I’m scheduled to move to Cali soon. Sux to be me.

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