First rulings issued in Wyoming Gun Owners suit

CASPER — A court issued two rulings in the case of a prominent gun rights group versus some of Wyoming’s top elected officials. Wyoming Gun Owners Association filed a federal lawsuit earlier this summer against Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Attorney General Bridget Hill claiming that Wyoming’s electioneering communications law is “unconstitutionally vague” under the First Amendment. The lawyers representing Wyoming Gun Owners filed a preliminary injunction earlier this summer in the hope of fast tracking the case, but a U.S. District Judge denied that request. Their request was denied because the judge ruled that they are not currently being limited in their ability to electioneer because it is not currently an election year and it is not currently the time frame where those electioneering laws apply. “While there is evidence that WyGO would succeed on the merits, there is no evidence of irreparable harm, because WyGO’s political speech is not being actively censored or restricted,” U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote. “Without proving this second element, WyGO does not meet the test necessary to obtain a preliminary injunction.” But the judge offered a sliver of hope for the gun group’s case. “Based on recent controlling case law, it is unlikely that Wyoming Statute § 22-25-106(h) would survive exacting scrutiny,” Skavdahl added, referencing a Supreme Court decision on donor disclosures from earlier this year. The defendants, who also include Deputy Secretary of State Karen Wheeler and Election Division Director Kai Schon, also had their request to have […]

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