Wyoming: House Passes Hunting Improvement Bill Without Harmful Amendments Today
Posted on February 13, 2013
Yesterday, Representative Albert Sommers (R-20) added a last-minute, crippling amendment to a pro-hunting bill that would remove the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors. Representative Sommers’ amendment to Senate File 132 would maintain the state’s outdated ban on hunting with suppressors for all game except varmints. Earlier today, Representative Mark Baker (R-49) offered a counter amendment that would erase this unnecessary restriction. However, despite the flood of comments from hunters and sportsmen who vigorously support full inclusion of suppressors for hunting, 32 state Representatives ignored their constituents by voting against Representative Baker’s amendment.
Today, the state House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee voted 6 to 3 to repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally. Representatives Dan Zwonitzer (R-43), Rita Campbell (R-34), and Stan Blake (D-39) voted against this bill. Last week, the state Senate voted 23 to 7 to pass Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01). This bill is now eligible for a final vote of approval in the House, which could be held as early as tomorrow. This is your last chance to contact your state Representative and politely encourage his or her support of this common sense hunting reform measure.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed two right to carry improvement bills. House Bill 103, introduced by state Representative Allen Jaggi (R-19), would strengthen the state’s authority over firearm laws while prohibiting counties from enacting their own ordinances in clear violation of the current state firearms preemption statute. House Bill 105, also introduced by Rep. Jaggi, would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in more locations. Both of these bills now await committee assignment in the Senate. Please contact Senate President Ross and politely request that he assign these important pro-gun bills to a favorable Senate committee. Please also contact your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to support these pro-gun reforms.
As the state House of Representatives prepares for its final vote to repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors, a number of hostile amendments are being proposed that would essentially cripple this bill’s purpose. Senate File 132, introduced by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-01), passed the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee by a 6 to 3 vote earlier this week with Representatives Dan Zwonitzer (R-43), Rita Campbell (R-34) and Stan Blake (D-39) voting against it. Thanks to your calls and e-mails Representative Blake has changed his opinion on the bill and said he will now vote for it on the House floor. Last week, the state Senate passed this bill unamended by a 23 to 7 vote. A final vote on the House floor will be held any day now and it is imperative that you let your Representative know that a vote for any amendment is a vote against your rights.