CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives passed the so-called “Second Amendment Preservation Act” on third reading during their Thursday. Feb. 27 floor session.
House Bill 118 aims to protect the right to keep and bear arms in Wyoming. The proposed legislation also objects “to certain actions by the federal government.”
The proposed legislation would consider the following types of possible federal action as infringements on people’s rights:
- tax, levies, fees or stamps imposed on firearms, accessories or ammunition adopted after July 1, 2020 “which might reasonably be expected to limit or discourage the purchase or ownership of those items by law abiding citizens”
- registering or tracking of firearms, accessories or ammunition not already in effect before July 1, 2020 “”which might reasonably be expected to limit or discourage the purchase or ownership of those items by law abiding citizens”
- programs tracking owners of firearms, accessories or ammunition not already in effect as of July 1, 2020
- any firearm possession, ownership or transfer bans not already in effect as of July 1, 2020
- any attempt to order the “mass confiscation” of firearms, accessories or ammunition
The Wyoming attorney general would be tasked with litigating against any of these possible actions.
The bill would prohibit public servants in Wyoming from attempting to enforce “any federal act, law, executive order, administrative order, court order, rule, regulation, statute or ordinance enacted after July 1, 2020 that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms” while the Wyoming attorney general is litigating against such actions.
The House passed the bill on third reading on a vote of 49-9:
Ayes: BARLOW, BLAKE, BROWN, BURKHART, CLAUSEN, CLEM, CRANK, DAYTON-SELMAN, DUNCAN, EDWARDS, EKLUND, EYRE, FLITNER, FURPHY, GRAY, GREEAR, HALEY, HALLINAN, HENDERSON, HUNT, JENNINGS, KINNER, HARSHMAN, KIRKBRIDE, LARSEN LLOYD, LAURSEN DAN, LINDHOLM, LOUCKS, MACGUIRE, MILLER, NEWSOME, NORTHRUP, OBERMUELLER, OLSEN, PAXTON, PELKEY, PIIPARINEN, POWNALL, ROSCOE, SALAZAR, SIMPSON, SOMMERS, STYVAR, TASS, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, WILSON, WINTERWyoming Legislative Service Office
Nays: BURLINGAME, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, FREEMAN, NICHOLAS, SCHWARTZ, SWEENEY, YIN, ZWONITZER
Excused: BLACKBURN, STITH
The bill will move to the Senate for consideration.