Gordon signs Second Amendment Protection bill

Gordon signs Second Amendment Protection bill

Gov. Mark Gordon, joined by sponsors of the state’s new Second Amendment Protection Act, listens to supporters of the bill before signing it into law Monday. Gordon was joined in the ceremony by members of law enforcement agencies who helped draft the bill. WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE PHOTO/Jasmine Hall CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon signed the Second Amendment Protection Act into law Monday, with the support of law enforcement in attendance. The bill passed during the Wyoming Legislature’s recently concluded 2022 budget session. It is designed to protect Second Amendment rights, as well as prevent federal regulation of firearms, accessories, magazines and ammunition. Sheriffs, officers, gun rights advocates and lawmakers said the legislation was needed as President Joe Biden’s administration pushes for such control. “This is a culmination of a lot of effort with law enforcement, gun owners in Wyoming, Shooting Sports Foundation, all those people that have a strong belief in the Second Amendment,” bill sponsor Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, said at the signing. “We hope that the federal government will never do an unconstitutional act that would infringe upon people’s Second Amendment right.” The bill clearly states public officers are prohibited from enforcing, administering or cooperating with an unconstitutional act of any kind, and sets one of the harshest punishments for violation in the nation. An individual who knowingly violates the law is guilty of misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Nothing in the act can limit […]

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