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Senate committee approves ‘Second Amendment Protection Act’; WyGO calls the bill “awful”

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A bill to stop Wyoming law enforcement from enforcing federal gun regulations that violate the Second Amendment was approved by a Senate committee on Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 4 to 0, approved SF102, the Second Amendment Protection Act, which Senator Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, describes as a way to protect Second Amendment rights while making sure law enforcement doesn’t. have to enforce inappropriate federal laws.

“It is intrinsically important to us, as the legislative branch of government, to protect our citizens and their Second Amendment rights, as well as to protect our law enforcement agencies from unconstitutional federal acts that would violate…the rights of our citizens to the Second Amendment,” Hicks said.

If approved, the bill would clarify that state and local resources could not be used to enforce any federal law or regulation “that infringes or interferes with the free exercise of individual rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

Hicks said the bill is based on the concept that while federal agencies are required to enforce federal rules and laws, Wyoming officials are not.

“States are not obligated to enforce federal laws,” he said. “It’s really important when we go into the context of the bill that our local law enforcement is placed in a very untenable position of potentially having to enforce a federal law that we believe…infringes property and possession (of citizens) of firearms and firearms. .”

The law has the support of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, Executive Director Byron Oedekoven said, because it protects both citizens and law enforcement officers.

“From our perspective, it protects the citizens of Wyoming, it upholds the Constitution, and it preserves the Second Amendment,” he said.

The bill has been criticized by Wyoming Gun Owners, whose spokesman Aaron Dorr said in a podcast that it doesn’t go far enough.

“We have a horrible bill, what a treacherous, intentionally, treacherous bill that fails to protect gun owners…” Dorr said on his podcast last week. “And he’s being pushed by the worst people in the legislature. It should make you angry, it should outrage you.

Dorr approved Senate Docket 87, a bill that would declare any federal rule or law that violates gun ownership — such as an increase in ammunition taxes — as unconstitutional and void in Wyoming. He also proposed a penalty for law enforcement officers who attempted to enforce these federal rules.

SF87 was killed when introduced to the Senate by a 9-20 vote, but Greg Hunter told committee members in open testimony that he would rather see this bill or HB133, a similar measure that has also failed at introduction, being adopted in place of SF102.

“The other bills, it was like Wyoming was fighting the feds,” he said. “This one makes me feel like it’s hanging to dry.”

After committee approval, the bill goes to the Senate for debate.

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