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Mon March 1, 2010
Made in Wyoming gun bill may need some fixing
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate will continue to debate a bill that would allow owners of weapons manufactured in the state to be exempt from federal gun regulations. That's despite some questions about how the bill defines firearms. The idea of the legislation is to focus on guns, but Casper Senator Charlie Scott says the definition is too broad,
"Firearm means any weapon that is designed to expel a projectile by action of an explosive. I'm not clear whether it includes, I think it may a device designed to shoot a rocket propelled grenade or other rocket aimed at penetrating armor."
Senator Kit Jennings says the firearm definitions may need to be tightened up and he will propose some changes when they debate the bill Tuesday. The bill says federal officials will be prosecuted if they try to impose federal regulations on Wyoming manufactured weapons. But the Senate voted to remove Wyoming law enforcement from similar prosecution. The Senate will debate the bill two more times. It already passed the House.