Wyoming Governor Signs Gun Rights Bills into Law

The Wyoming Senate on Wednesday approved a heavily amended version of Senate File 81, The Second Amendment Preservation Act.

By: Zack Spadt

But the primary sponsor of the bill, Sen. Anthony Bouchard argued that the changes made on the third and final reading of Senate File 81 "gutted" the bill. Bouchard ended up voting against the final version of the legislation.

Even so, the amended version of the bill passed the Senate on a 24-6 vote and will now go on to the Wyoming House of Representatives. Before being amended on Wednesday, the bill would have allowed for Wyoming law enforcement agencies who enforced certain federal gun control measures enacted after April 1 that fall into certain categories to be liable for up to a $50,000 fine.

Those measures would include taxes that specifically target guns and gun accessories, gun confiscation programs, efforts to track gun owners, and some other gun control efforts.

But in the Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Larry Hicks [R-Carbon County], put forth an amendment that did away with penalizing Wyoming law enforcement agencies. The bill would instead allow any group of 25 or more state residents to ask the Wyoming Attorney General to declare a federal gun control law as being unconstitutional.

The Attorney General and the Governor could then issue an executive order prohibiting the enforcement of the law in Wyoming. The state could also sue the federal government over the law, and Wyoming would defend in court any resident of the state who is prosecuted for violating the federal law in question.