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Following Advocacy by Moms Demand Action, Wyoming Session Ends Without Passing Every Dangerous Gun Bill

March 14, 2022

The Wyoming chapter of Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the Wyoming legislature ended the legislative session without passing several dangerous gun bills. The bills HB 133 and SF 87 would have added additional penalties for public servants who try to enforce a law that is otherwise nullified – including any gun law deemed to infringe on the Second Amendment. 

Unfortunately, lawmakers did pass SF 102, legislation which would prevent the enforcement of federal gun safety laws, potentially including the laws that prohibit people with dangerous histories from having firearms. The bill will punish local officials for doing their jobs and prevent them from taking action to keep our communities safe. Moms Demand Action volunteers and supporters have sent over 150 calls and emails opposing SF 102 this session. The bill awaits the signature of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. 

“This is the third year in a row that our chapter has beat back several dangerous bills in the Wyoming legislature,” said Beth Howard, a volunteer with the Wyoming chapter of Moms Demand Action. “While we are disappointed that nullification made it across the finish line, we are thankful the other dangerous bills to weaken the few gun safety protections we have on the books didn’t pass this session. We’re proud of our successes and will be back next session to fight for gun safety.”

Wyoming has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, scoring 6 out of 100 for gun law strength, and has the third-highest rate of gun deaths in the country. Despite Wyoming’s gun violence rates increasing 54% in the last decade, state lawmakers continue to ignore gun safety measures. 

Statistics about gun violence in Wyoming are available here, and Everytown’s Gun Law Navigator – which shows how Wyoming gun laws compare to those of other states – is available here.

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