Lawmakers in Wyoming are gearing up to take action against any Federal, State or local threats to the 2nd Amendment rights of the State’s residents.
The State’s proposed bill, the Firearms Protection Act (HBO104), would nullify any Federal restrictions on guns. It threatens to jail Federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, magazines or ammunition, thereby allowing rightful State gun regulation. The rule would apply to those firearm products manufactured and kept in the State.
The bill, sponsored by eight Wyoming State Representatives and two State Senators, would declare any Federal gun regulation created on or after Jan. 1, 2013 to be unenforceable within the State if it passes. It would also give State authorities the ability to arrest Federal officials attempting to enforce Federal firearm laws and would make said Federal officials making them “subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”
It would also grant Wyoming’s Attorney General the power to defend State residents brought up on Federal firearm charges.
Wyoming State Senator Larry Hicks said the legislation should send a message to Federal gun grabbers.
“It says that your one size fits all solution doesn’t comport to what a vast majority of the State believes,” Hicks explained in an interview.
Vice President Biden signaled yesterday that President Barack Obama was willing to issue an executive order to tackle the gun issue — something Hicks says his constituents are livid about.
“They are very, very upset that we’re going to see some level of federal takeover of our weapons and abuse of our rights given to us by the Second Amendment,” Hicks stated. “Also that the Federal government will bypass our legislative officials and confiscate our weapons through executive order. This gives citizens of the Western United States a great deal of concern.”
The Wyoming bill is based on a law passed in Montana in 2009 that exempts firearm products made in the State from draconian Federal laws.