Wyoming law allowing guns without permit prompts doubts

SALMON, Idaho Thu Mar 3, 2011 7:48pm EST

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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Gun-control advocates on Thursday called a new Wyoming law that allows residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit a "troublesome trend" in Western states.

Wyoming's Republican Governor Matt Mead on Wednesday signed the permit-free gun bill into law. Beginning July 1, residents who want to pack handguns will no longer have to undergo a criminal background check or show proficiency with a firearm.

"We feel it's a very troublesome trend," said Brian Malte, director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The law brings to four the number of states, including Alaska, Arizona and Vermont, that don't require permits for concealed weapons.

Wyoming is among several Western states where conservative lawmakers are pushing gun measures this year.

Legislatures in Colorado and Montana are considering bills that would let residents carry concealed weapons without a permit.

In Idaho and Texas, Republican lawmakers are seeking to allow firearms on college campuses.

In Utah, legislation awaiting the governor's signature designates a Browning semi-automatic pistol the official state gun.

And a bill in Arizona would establish a Colt revolver as the state firearm.

In Wyoming, the Republican Legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of permit-free packing of weapons.


Rep. Allen Jaggi, the Wyoming Republican who crafted the measure, said guns were merely the vehicle for legislation that affirmed rights like the one to bear arms spelled out in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

He said guns in the right hands make a safer society.

"All a permit requirement does is stop law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves when they need to," Jaggi told Reuters.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb)

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Comments (5)
Patriot_70 wrote:
I guess we are just getting tired of the hogwash that the Brady Campaign has been dishing out. The number of people killed every year by the Brady Bunch is staggering, and we are truly sick of it. We, as adults, do not like being told we cannot defend ourselves, and when we die from the lack of ability to defend ourselves, then the Brady Campaign shares in the death. What I am really surprised about is that there have not been more lawsuits against them charging them with murder.

Mar 03, 2011 9:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
george308 wrote:
I am from Laramie, Wyoming. I own a number of firearms and I am disgusted that Wyoming’s “leadership” is so “in the pocket” of the NRA and the emerging “state’s right” castration of federal authority and standards… that this gun bill passed. I have opposed it since 2006. Then, I was harassed (by emails describing me as “dangerous” and by an anonymous telephone call, illegally made to my house by the Deputy Director of the state DCI. When I got evidence on this scum cop/terror agent (telephone switch data showing who had made the anonymous call to threaten me) nothing happened. I wrote the U.s. Atty (now Wyoming Governor) Matt Mead:
and – instead of answering me- the fascist had two DCI thugs come to my house and threaten me for over an hour.
My equal protection to Wyoming and federal law was cut off by armed thugs, who also told me I’d lost my First Amendment rights because I was “goofy”. Since posting this online, I have been attacked by state police on Interstate 80, and according to someone in local law enforcement, I have been profiled as a threat for Homeland Security because I have a “propensity to challenge authority.” THIS is the 2nd Amendment in the hands of fascists: It trumps the First Amendment!

Mar 03, 2011 11:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
45-auto wrote:
I compliment the legislature of Wyoming and the people who elected them.

The Brady Bunch will eventually die out completely, but in the meantime they are becoming weaker by the day. I’d say they keep shooting themselves in the foot, but that would probably be politically incorrect.

Mar 04, 2011 11:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
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