Targeted: Lawmakers in the political crosshairs of Wyo Gun Owners

Targeted: Lawmakers in the political crosshairs of Wyo Gun Owners

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 *WARNING: This story contains strong language that may be unsuitable for younger readers.* WYOMING — The man had already left one voicemail on Sen. Larry Hicks’, R-Baggs, personal cell phone. By the second message, the senator could tell from the caller’s voice he was “crazy mad.” “Do not. Do not. DO NOT fuck with our Second Amendment,” the voice in the message said. “This is not the place to fuck about with our Second Amendment rights. God-given rights. We’re going to vote you out. Later. Sorry. Fuckin’ pussy.” Hicks wasn’t shocked by the threatening call. “This is their intimidation tactic,” he said. At the time, the Wyoming Gun Owners had come out in opposition of a pro gun rights bill Hicks was sponsoring. Senate File 102 – Second Amendment Protection Act, which later became law, prohibits state officials from enforcing federal firearms regulations. The gun owners group, founded more than a decade ago by Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne), was supporting a similar bill, Senate File 87 – Second Amendment Preservation Act. That bill had a big distinction — it let residents sue cops — and it failed during the Wyoming Legislature’s 2022 Budget Session. Hicks had drawn WyGO’s ire in years past. But he’d never experienced the flood of correspondence that came when his bill was being worked in committee. “There were over 100 text messages on my phone,” Hicks said. “Thirty-some phone messages on my cell. Half a dozen at home. My staff said […]

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