In response to current threats from the Federal Government on banning firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition, States are beginning to take action to hold the Federal Government to its constitutional limits under the 2nd Amendment. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Wyoming Rep. Kendell Kroeker has sponsored and introduced HB0104. the Firearms Protection Act. Representatives Baker, Burkhart, Jaggi, Miller, Piiparinen, Reeder and Winters and Senators Dockstader and Hicks have co-sponsered this bill.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, HB104 passed out of committee by a vote off 8-1. The only “NAY” vote was from Rep. Connolly of Albany County. The bill now moves on to the full house where it will be debated and vote on in the coming days. (Wyoming activists, see the end of this post for action items to support this bill)
Wyoming’s Firearms Protection Act, is “an act relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date.” This act nullifies all federal laws made after Jan. 1, 2013.
“We need the second amendment because it is the protection for all of our other rights. Without it, those rights have no protection,” Kroeker said.
Beyond such statements, the bill backs things up with some teeth by providing for criminal charges for federal agents who attempt to violate the proposed state law:
“Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”
Also, the attorney general may defend a Wyoming citizen against the Federal Government against any ban or law infringing on the right to bear arms.
ACTION ITEMS for Wyoming
Wyoming activists, join the 2nd Amendment Preservation group to support this bill on Facebook:
Contact your state representative and strongly, but politely, urge him or her to vote YES on HB104. Please contact your Representative at this link.
It is recommended that you CALL and EMAIL. But any action is better than none.
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.
Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE