On Tuesday, February 16, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 113, which would allow constitutional carry. HB 113 will now head to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.
HB 113 would allow those who meet the requirements currently set forth in the concealed carry permit system to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a permit. This legislation addresses the current problem of a burdensome and restrictive permit system by removing the training requirement and other prohibitive barriers in Wyoming.
If signed into law, this legislation would also keep the current permit system intact for the residents concerned about carrying in other states with reciprocal agreements. Those who are currently prevented from legally carrying, be it open or concealed, will still face the same penalties should they decide to break the law.
On Wednesday, February 17, the State Senate amended and passed Senate File 26. SF 26 will now head to the House. NRA will continue to work to amend the additional language to SF 26 to further strengthen this important carry reform legislation.
SF 26 as amended, would limit the Attorney General’s ability to determine permit reciprocity by taking away his or her power to determine if a state has similar laws authorizing permits. If amended to include the additional NRA language, SF 26 would also remove local law enforcement’s ability to reject a permit application if the applicant meets all criteria.
There is still time to add additional amendments as SF 26 moves through the House, so please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge him or her to vote to add the NRA’s amendment. Contact information can me found here.