Wyoming state law is that you don't need a permit to carry a gun. You can carry concealed, or as a lot of cowboys do on your hip for everybody to see. The reason why is that the right to carry guns in Wyoming is VERY coveted by its people. Casper City Council tried to pass a law banning the open carry of guns when addressing the city council. This received a response from the State government that any laws made by any local government (that would restrict gun rights) would be overturned AND the politicians who made such legislation would be fined/stripped of their office.
They like their guns.
Because of this, in combination with the fact Wyoming is rural, I thought I would not need to carry my gun as much. Everybody is carrying and as they say, "An armed society is a polite society."
That is until I went to the Alibi Bar.
The Alibi Bar from the outside looks to be a cool, kitchy, schwank bar with a 1940's exterior decor. I saw it my first time in Casper and intended on visiting it when I was all settled in.
However, upon entry you get in and quickly realize it's a dive bar just like the rest. Worse though is that it displays one of Wyoming's biggest problems - alcoholism and meth. Drunk men with no lives looking for fights and "tweakers" unaware of what they're doing, looking for trouble. I walked out of the Alibi Bar and a guy in the parking who was yelling at his wife, starts to threaten her because she "probably wants to go for a ride with me on my motorcycle." He then starts to approach me and I realized, "sh!t! I don't have my gun!" His wife's imploring brought him back to her car and a scuffle (or shooting) did not ensue.
The larger point is that there's a lot of guys, a lot fewer women, a lot of drugs, and a lot of booze. Add to that the men of Wyoming really do view their women as property, and you are probably in more danger at the local Casper bar than you are a bad part of town in a large city. You should carry as much as possible....unless....
unless the school you attend doesn't permit you to carry a gun (see below).
Oh, that's right, being in one of the few places that bans guns in town and then having some raging lunatic come in with an "edged weapon," who goes on a killing spree, and being able to do nothing about it.
But hey, at least you academians did the politically correct and liberal thing and banned guns. And that's worth the lives of a couple people at least!
Post post - it is my understanding Casper College is a private school permitted to make its own rules regarding gun possession. Contacting government representatives would be moot...though, that never stopped leftists from respecting the lines of private property and ownership.