Judge issues first rulings in case involving gun rights group versus secretary of state, AG

Judge issues first rulings in case involving gun rights group versus secretary of state, AG

Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan speaks at a news conference Wednesday, May 13 in Cheyenne. Buchanan’s office is reviewing the election practices of Wyoming Gun Owners, a nonprofit that has criticized Republican legislators for not adequately supporting the Second Amendment. 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.

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