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Wyoming Self-Defense Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Senate Committee!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Please Contact Your State Senator Today! 

Last night, with a 3 to 2 vote, the State Senate Transportation Committee approved House Bill 137, introduced by State Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-28), the “no-duty-to-retreat” (Castle Doctrine) measure that would statutorily ensure that Wyoming citizens' rights and duties to self-defense are protected.  State Senators Michael Von Flatern (R-24) and John Hastert (D-13) were the two NO votes against HB 137 in the Senate Transportation Committee hearing last night. 

Despite the claims from a handful of county attorneys that this would create an environment of "school shoot outs" and" road rage incidents", three State Senators remained steadfast and didn't give in to the old and tired argument put forth by the bill’s opponents.  Please take the time to thank State Senators Wayne Johnson (R-6), Gerald Geis (R-20) and Bill Landon (R-27) for their leadership in the Senate Transportation Committee on this important issue, as well as State Senators Kit Jennings (R-28) and Cale Case (R-25) for testifying.  Senator Wayne Johnson can be reached at (307) 635-2181, Senator Gerald Geis at (307) 347-6443, Senator Bill Landon at (307) 237-4067, Senator Kit Jennings (307) 265-5500, and Senator Cale Case at (307) 332-7623. 

Now the real work begins!  It is vital that you continue to contact your State Senator and ask for his or her "YES" vote when HB137 comes before them.  Please also contact the Senate Majority Leadership listed below and urge them to support this critical legislation.  The deadline for this bill to be heard is next week, which means the volume of calls and emails must increase.  You can call the Voter Hotline at (1-866-996-VOTE) to register your support for HB 137.  To find your State Senator please click here.

 

Senate Majority Leadership:

 

State Senator John Schiffer (R-22)

Phone: (307) 738-2232

Email: jschiffe@senate.wyoming.com

 

State Senator Tony Ross (R-4)

Phone: (307) 632-8957

Email: tross@wyoming.com

 

State Senator Bob Fecht (R-5)

Phone: (307) 634-5219

Email: bob@robertfecht.com

 

State Senator Grant Larson (R-17)

Phone: (307) 733-2025

Email: senlarson@senate.wyoming.com

 

State Senator Phil Nicholas (R-10)

Phone: (307) 742-7140

Email: nicholas@wyolegal.com

 

State Senator Drew Perkins (R-29)

Phone: (307) 234-1274

Email: drew@schwartzbon.com

 

State Senator Michael Von Flatern (R-24)

Phone: (307) 686-2946

Email: mvonflatern@wyoming.com

 

State Senator John Hines (R-23)

Phone: (307) 682-3943

Email: jhines@senate.wyoming.com
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