What a tangled web Wyo senator weaves to preserve 2nd Amendment

What a tangled web Wyo senator weaves to preserve 2nd Amendment

To a far-right state senator who wants to knock off a suddenly unpopular Wyoming Republican congresswoman next year, sponsoring a bill called the Second Amendment Preservation Act probably seemed like a sure vote-getter. Instead, Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne) looked stunned last week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Senate File 81- Second Amendment Preservation Act as law enforcement officials compared him to the GOP’s No. 1 anti-gun villain, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California). “[SF 81] merely copied [President Joe Biden’s] administration and Nancy Pelosi’s effort to demonize law enforcement in the name of, in this case, the Second Amendment,” said Byron Oedekoven, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police. “I see that the hypocrisy of this bill knows no bounds,” Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickle said, “and frankly it’s a sad, sad day for law enforcement in the state of Wyoming if this bill proceeds the way it is.” Ouch! What did Bouchard do to offend his law-and-order constituency? His bill is intended to send a message to Washington, D.C., Bouchard said, that Wyoming won’t stand for any new federal laws that put gun owners at risk of losing their constitutional rights. “Washington D.C.” in this case is a thinly veiled reference to Rep. Liz Cheney, whom he’s challenging in next year’s primary. If a message is what the former director of Wyoming Gun Owners was after, he should have sponsored a joint resolution that, while not a law, would have passed overwhelmingly […]

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