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Wyoming Self-Defense Bill Heads to Senate Floor!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Please Contact Your State Senator Today! 

House Bill 137 (“Castle Doctrine”), introduced by State Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-28), was debated in the Senate Committee of the Whole yesterday afternoon.  HB137 would statutorily ensure that Wyoming citizens’ self-defense rights would be protected by removing the duty to retreat. 

Although it passed out of the Committee of the Whole by a 20 to 9 vote, it now heads to the Senate floor for a Second Reading where opponents will try to strip the “no-duty-to-retreat” provisions.  HB137 could be heard as early as today! 

Opponents expressed concerns with the self-defense language in HB137 and used the same tired, worn out argument that there will be "blood in the streets" if this is enacted, despite testimony to the contrary by co-author, State Senator Kit Jennings (R-28).   

If this bill is amended, it will be a direct assault on law-abiding gun owners, which is why we need your help in continuing to call and email your State Senator urging him or her to support HB137. Please ask your State Senator to support HB137 and NOT strip the self-defense provision out of the bill.   To find contact information for your State Senator please click here.

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