gun control http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Senator Nicholas rips tactics of pro-gun lobbyists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senator-nicholas-rips-tactics-pro-gun-lobbyists <p>After receiving threats and attacks concerning Senators’ patriotism and support of gun rights, Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Nicholas decided that the Senate would not debate a pair of gun rights bills.&nbsp; One bill would allow local law enforcement to arrest federal officials enforcing federal gun laws in the state and the other gave the state power to keep local officials from developing their own gun regulations.&nbsp; Nicholas says the bills were poorly drafted and gave one example:</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:21:55 +0000 Bob Beck 37086 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senator Nicholas rips tactics of pro-gun lobbyists Governor Mead expresses concerns about gun bills http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-expresses-concerns-about-gun-bills <p>While Wyoming Governor Matt Mead favors gun rights, he said that he is very concerned about a couple of gun rights bills making their way through the legislature.&nbsp;</p><p>One bill would allow school employees, parents of a student or their guardian, who hold a concealed weapon permit, to have guns in schools.&nbsp; Mead said that there are better ways to ensure school safety and he wants the state to look closer at those solutions.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:59:24 +0000 Bob Beck 36254 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead expresses concerns about gun bills Slew of gun bills pass in the WY House http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slew-gun-bills-pass-wy-house <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a series of gun rights bills. The House amended one bill that will allow guns in schools, allowing not only full-time school personnel to carry concealed firearms but parents and guardians, well. Everyone must have a concealed carry permit. Evansville Rep. Kendall Kroeker says it's a good day.</p><p>"One this that we've seen that has been the case with 100% of the shooting that have taken place on school campuses is that every single one of them was in a gun free zone," said Kroeker.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:56:48 +0000 Bob Beck 36112 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Slew of gun bills pass in the WY House WY House works on language for bill about concealed gun carry in schools http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-house-works-language-bill-about-concealed-gun-carry-schools <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives continues working on a bill that would allow concealed weapons in Wyoming schools and colleges.&nbsp; It would only apply to people who have permits to carry concealed guns.&nbsp; Casper Representative Steve Harshman successfully amended the bill to say that only permanent employees of a school district who hold a concealed carry permit may carry a concealed firearm within a school district building and they must notify administrators.&nbsp; The amendment also made it clear that K-12 students shall not carry concealed firearms.&nbsp; The district superin Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Bob Beck 36039 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY House works on language for bill about concealed gun carry in schools Wyoming House votes to approve a series of gun bills. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-house-votes-approve-series-gun-bills <div style="margin:0;"><br><p>The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to four bills that would address gun rights in the state. Among the bills is a measure that would attempt to block a federal gun bill banning &nbsp;semi-automatic weapons and limiting the size of gun magazines.&nbsp; Sponsor Kendall Kroeker of Evansville says this would apply to guns in Wyoming.</p><p>“Because of that I believe there is no federal authority in the Constitution to give the federal government the ability to ban such weapons or place restrictions upon them.”</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:47:50 +0000 Bob Beck 35983 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming House votes to approve a series of gun bills. Legislature to take on social issues http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-take-social-issues <p>The Wyoming Legislature will take on just about every possible hot-button social issue this week, hearing bills on guns, abortion and same-sex marriage.</p><p>House Speaker Tom Lubnau, a Republican from Gillette, says he's scheduled all the contentious social issue bills for hearings this week to save money on security.</p><p>Lubnau says the Legislature always increases its security when lawmakers consider gun and abortion issues because of the large crowds that typically turn out.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:02:30 +0000 The Associated Press 35826 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature to take on social issues Rep. Lummis wants more mental health services, not gun control http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rep-lummis-wants-more-mental-health-services-not-gun-control <p>In preparation for President Obama’s announcement proposing gun control legislation last week, Wyoming lawmakers acted fast to propose bills making any such law unenforceable in the state. Wyoming’s Congressional delegation has also said that this legislation is not the way to go.</p><p>Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis has said that it would be better to focus on services for mentally ill people.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:46:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35768 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rep. Lummis wants more mental health services, not gun control WY Gun Owners Assoc. responds to Obama's gun control legislation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-gun-owners-assoc-responds-obamas-gun-control-legislation <p>President Obama unveiled gun control legislation today, keeping his promise to focus on the issue after last month’s school shooting in Connecticut. The legislation seeks to strengthen existing laws, expand background checks for gun sales, limit ammunition magazine size, and ban assault weapons.</p><p>In anticipation of that move, Wyoming lawmakers have already drawn up legislation that would make federal gun control laws unenforceable in the state and remove restrictions on concealed carry of guns in certain areas.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:08:22 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35357 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Gun Owners Assoc. responds to Obama's gun control legislation Wyoming lawmakers either staying mum or oppose current proposals in gun-control debate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-lawmakers-either-staying-mum-or-oppose-current-proposals-gun-control-debate <p></p><p>HOST: The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has rekindled the gun-control debate in Washington. Matt Laslo reports that Wyoming lawmakers are either staying mum, or oppose some of the proposals being unveiled.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:26:41 +0000 Matt Laslo & Matt 34354 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming lawmakers either staying mum or oppose current proposals in gun-control debate