WPR News
7:44 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Concealed carry bill advances to Senate floor

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Wyoming Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed gun without a permit.

Senator Kit Jennings of Casper says if people meet federal and state requirements, they have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons without government intrusion. The bill also would allow people from other states to carry non-permitted concealed guns while they're in Wyoming.

While many gun supporters testified that they strongly support the bill, others have concerns. Casper police Chief Tom Pagel says when someone applies for a permit, law enforcement can determine if they should be eligible. He says the Senate bill takes that away, which could lead to problems. "It exacerbates a situation where they get into a situation with another citizen where firearms are involved," he said. "You know I am a huge proponent of firearms. I own several and am a believer in that. But I also believe in responsibility too."

The bill now heads to the Senate floor.