Gun bills playing outsized role in already gun-friendly Wyo politics

Gun bills playing outsized role in already gun-friendly Wyo politics

Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne) speaks during the first day of the legislature’s in-person session, March 1, 2021. (Mike Vanata/WyoFile) Sen. John Kolb, a freshman Republican from Rock Springs, had something to say. It was just the second week of session, and his Senate Judiciary Committee was already hearing its fourth bill of the year related to firearms: Senate File 137 – Firearms preemption-amendments and applicability . In that short amount of time, Kolb — to his surprise and exasperation — had already been labeled a “gun grabber” for his work on the committee. Special interest groups often target lawmakers for their voting records. But up to that point, neither Kolb nor the rest of the Republican-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee had come close to rejecting a gun bill. The then under consideration bill also appeared to have the committee’s support in a year where interest has been high for Second Amendment legislation. But after testimony in support of the measure from Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne) — a former gun lobbyist and the founder of hardline Second Amendment lobbying group, Wyoming Gun Owners — Kolb responded, not with a question, as is procedure, but with a statement. “Well, Senator Bouchard, I got my first official gun grabber email,” Kolb said . “Which I’m pretty appalled about, because I’m not about that. I’ve got a lot of guns. I expect I got more guns than anyone else in this room. I don’t like that much, and I don’t know why I get […]

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