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Wyoming Alert HB 113: Constitutional Carry to be Heard on the Wyoming House Floor!

February 19, 2010

Constitutional Carry to be Heard on the Wyoming House Floor!
Please Contact Your State Legislators TODAY!

On Thursday, February 18, the House Committee of the Whole (COW) passed House Bill 113, legislation which would allow law-abiding persons to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a permit.  This constitutional carry bill is expected to be heard and voted on by the full House TOMORROW, February 19.  If passed, HB 113 would then be sent to the Senate for committee assignment.

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 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.

It is critical that you contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 113.  Also, please begin contacting your State Senator and urge them to not only support this important legislation but to give it their fullest attention. Contact information for you State Legislators can be found here.

WYOMING: More on HB 113

February 15, 2010

Emails stating an uncompromising support of HB-95 have been flooding in.

The good news…

Representative Keith Gingery (House Judicial Chairman) has contacted me and said he is working out the scheduling and would hear HB-95 as early as Tuesday, as soon as the scheduling conflicts are addressed Representative Gingery will let us know so YOU can be there during committee to voice your support for HB-95.

I am pleased by this Gentleman’s Overture by Representative Gingery. Please be watching your email for an email titled “HB-95 Committee Time”.

Many of you live a considerable distance from the Capitol and may want to consider emailing a “more formal” letter before Tuesday morning to the committee members.

For your convenience we have a NEW form “HB-95 Letter of Support” that will send your letter to all members of the Judiciary Committee and Speaker of the House Colin Simpson.
Cc:”Representative Allen Jaggi”, “Representative David Miller”.

Send a formal letter form click here
HB-95 comparison chart Click here
To see HB-95 or HB-28

In addition to Representative Simpson hearing your voice, we also hope that Representative David Miller will withdraw HB-28 and turn his personal support to HB-95.
Your letter will also be sent to me so I can have them in hand at committee.

Please send your letter Today!

Remember to be polite and to the point, your legislators will appreciate you for it.

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Important AlertHB-113 Concealed weapon authority – needs amending!!!

Concerns are brewing (back door gun registration – illegal search and seizure) about the following clause in HB-113 and we recommend it’s removal. A similar section in Alaska is being abused daily, it is a Fourth and Fifth Amendment violation.

Watch this video it will alarm you: http://wyominggunowners.org/videos/alaska-carry-legislation-beware/

HB-113 page 3 Click here
W.S. 6-8-104(b)
(b) Whenever a person carrying a concealed deadly
weapon under this section is stopped, detained, questioned
or addressed in person by a peace officer, he shall, upon
request, inform the peace officer that he is carrying a
concealed deadly weapon under this section. The peace
officer may secure the concealed deadly weapon, or direct
that it be secured, during the duration of the contact
between the person and the peace officer if the peace
officer determines that the action is necessary for the
safety of any person present, including the peace officer

Arizona has similar legislation however without this dangerous clause. Wyoming Legislators need to follow the constitution.

In the words of Larry Pratt, “When we politically compromise and allow anti-gun legislation to pass, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be, we have abdicated our responsibilities. Abdication is the work for surrendering our principles legislatively. Honor binds us to resist with all our might.”

If you have any other concerns please contact me ASAP Click here

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Wyoming Senator Cale Case introducing a fix to conceal carry reciprocity

January 20, 2010

By Anthony Bouchard
Originally posted on examiner.com

Thumbs up to Senator Cale Case, he has introduced legislation to fix the conceal-carry blunder from earlier this year. SF 26 – Eligibility concealed weapons permit, will fix what Freuedenthal’s appointee decided was a problem.

Ultimately, WyGO / Wyoming Gun Owners supports legislation that lets anyone with a permit from any state carry in Wyoming. If an individual has a concealed carry permit from their own state, no matter what we interpret from their state law, who are we to say they cannot carry in Wyoming? Even if that state doesn’t reciprocate, we must lead by example.

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Good News and Bad News: GOA Alert

July 25, 2009
Concealed Carry for Out-of-State Travel Fails
-- Senate falls two votes short this week

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

"Gun Owners of America, another leading gun rights Second Amendment
group, is a strong supporter of this amendment that's specifically
pushing for passage and scoring member's votes." -- Louisiana Senator
David Vitter, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Well, there was good news and bad news this week.

The good news is that a majority of the U.S. Senate (58 members) voted
for an amendment to allow citizens who are already authorized to carry
firearms concealed to do so when they travel out of state.

The bad news is that the Senate still fell two votes short of the 60
votes needed to enact the amendment, which was sponsored by Republican
Senators John Thune (SD) and David Vitter (LA).  A prior Unanimous
Consent agreement allowed the amendment to be offered in the first
place, but as such, required that the legislation garner 60 votes
(rather than a simple majority) in order to pass.

The Thune-Vitter amendment was hotly debated on the Senate floor
Wednesday.  Senator Thune pointed out that, while 48 states have some
form of concealed carry law, his measure would simply "extend that
constitutional right across State lines," recognizing that the right to
bear arms and defend oneself "does not end at State borders or State
lines."

One of the more comical arguments made by some Democrat Senators --
Chuck Schumer (NY), Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Dianne Feinstein (CA) --
is that this provision would compromise "states rights."

Of course, these Senators have shown they care little about "states
rights," as evidenced by federal gun control laws that bear their names:
the ban on semi-automatic firearms (the so-called Feinstein assault
weapons ban) and the lifetime gun ban on people who engage in
pushing-and-shoving incidents in the home (the Lautenberg misdemeanor
gun ban).

And where was their adherence to states rights when they voted for the
Brady bill, the Gun Free School Zones Ban and the Veterans Disarmament
Act?

Republican Senator Tom Coburn (OK) pointed out their hypocrisy when he
said:

"We had a vote in terms of honoring States rights in terms of the
national park bill on guns. Twenty-nine of my colleagues, thirteen of
whom now are 'defending States rights,' stepped all over States rights
with their vote against the Coburn amendment when it came to allowing
people to have supreme their State law in terms of national parks."

Senator Thune noted that his provision would protect the rights of
states by not applying any national standards.  Rather, the text simply
requires states to acknowledge the concealed carry permits from other
states.

In fact, the language of the text specifically states that nothing in
the amendment "shall be construed to affect the permitting process for
an individual... or preempt any provision of State law with respect to
the issuance of licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms."

Article IV of the U.S. Constitution allows for reciprocity-style
legislation by the Congress.  The Article allows Congress to enforce
"full faith and credit" across the country, so that each
state respects
the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings" of every other
state.

Please go to the GOA website to see how your Senators voted:
http://capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/votes/?votenum=237&chamber=S&congress=1111

Gun owners should take special notice of Republican Senator Richard
Lugar (R-IN) and former-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter (PA) --
both of whom voted against concealed carry.  Had they voted pro-gun, the
Thune-Vitter amendment would have passed.

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Internet Gun Rumor

Recently, there have been a lot of emails and phone calls about SB 2099
-- a "new" bill that purportedly requires Americans to claim
guns on
their 1040 federal tax forms, provide fingerprints, and pay a $50 tax on
each individual handgun they own.

This is simply not true.  There is no S. 2099 in the Congress right now.
This is simply a case of taking a little bit of truth from an old bill
that was shot down, and creating a hoax.  For more information, please
visit the Snopes website, which is an excellent resource for debunking
internet rumors.  The specific URL regarding SB 2099 is:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/taxreturns.asp

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National Concealed Carry Bill

July 18, 2009

Someday I will figure out why a permit is needed for an unalienable right. But? This is certainly a step in the right direction.

Vote on Right to Carry Coming Soon
-- Please urge your Senators to vote YES!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Friday, July 17, 2009

A vote to protect your right to travel out-of-state with a firearm could
come to a vote next week -- even as early as Monday!

Senators John Thune and David Vitter are the sponsors of S. 845 -- a
bill that will establish concealed carry reciprocity amongst the several
states.

Senators Thune and Vitter offered the bill as an amendment (#1618) to
the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647).

This provision will use the constitutional authority allowing Congress
to enforce "full faith and credit" across the country, so that each
state respects the "public acts, records, and judicial 
proceedings" of
every other state (Article IV).

The benefit of the Thune/Vitter legislation is that -- unlike other,
competing measures -- it would protect the right of any U.S. citizen to
carry out of state (regardless of whether he possesses a permit), as
long as he is authorized to carry in his home state.  This is important
because of states like Vermont and Alaska, where residents can carry
concealed without prior approval or permission from the state... in
other words, without a permit!

ACTION:  Please urge your Senators to vote YES on the Thune/Vitter
concealed carry reciprocity amendment that will be offered to the
Department of Defense authorization bill and NO on any modifying
amendments.  This vote could come as early as Monday, so please act on
this right away!

You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the
pre-written e-mail message below.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator:

Please support the Thune/Vitter amendment to the Department of Defense
authorization bill. This amendment will protect the right of citizens to
carry firearms outside of their home state without violating the rights
of the other states. Thus, the reciprocity language masterfully protects
the principle of federalism while also promoting Second Amendment
rights.

A person's right to defend himself and his family should not end at the
border of his state.

I urge you to vote for the Thune/Vitter concealed carry amendment and to
oppose any modifying actions that seek to weaken their amendment.

Sincerely,

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