Wyoming secretary of state probes gun group’s election activities

Wyoming secretary of state probes gun group’s election activities

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. RIVERTON — Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan’s elections division is reviewing the practices of a social media activist that has been pressuring Fremont County campaigns this election season. Wyoming Gun Owners identifies itself as a pro-gun group but has been accused by many of picking favorites in Wyoming legislative campaigns regardless of candidates’ Second Amendment stances. The group often posts negative, combative videos about candidates on sites including Facebook and YouTube that accuse their unfavored political contenders of being anti-gun candidates. Their grounds for such accusations — even when challenged by livid commenters — is uniform: the candidate did not fill out the Wyoming Gun Owners’ gun rights survey. “I don’t agree with the tactics they take at all,” State Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, told The Ranger on Wednesday. “I’m very disappointed in them.” Bebout said while Wyoming Gun Owners is registered to a Cheyenne address, its operators are chiefly from out of state. Indeed, spokesman Aaron Dorr and his brothers are associated with 24 similar organizations, across a dozen different states, according to dorrbrotherscams.com , a site devoted to boycotting the brothers’ electioneering practices.

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