Bouchard’s Gun Bill Passes Wyoming Senate’s Committee of the Whole

Bouchard’s Gun Bill Passes Wyoming Senate’s Committee of the Whole

By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily A gun rights bill that would have Wyoming declare federal gun laws that restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms null and void won approval in its first full Senate review Monday. Senate File 81, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, would declare federal laws identified as “infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms” as invalid. “We have a lot of threats in the federal government coming through Congress and I think everyone can agree, they’re there to have a chilling effect on gun owners and manufacturers,” Bouchard told his colleagues during the Senate floor session Monday. The bill would also declare invalid any federal law “ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from law abiding citizens.” The bill would bar any Wyoming law enforcement officers from enforcing any federal laws ruled an infringement on the Second Amendment. The law would apply to federal rules and laws already in place as well as any passed in the future. “Law-abiding citizens should not have the harm of overreach from the federal government,” Bouchard said. The federal actions the bill identifies as infringements on the Second Amendment include any tax or fee imposed on firearms and accessories “that might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items,” the registration or tracking of firearms or ammunition and any act forbidding the possession, ownership or transfer of a firearm. Earlier […]

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