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Wyoming: Permitless Carry and Castle Doctrine Pass, Move to Governor’s Desk

Monday, February 28, 2011

Today marked the final approval for the “Permitless Carry” bill, Senate File 47, which was signed by the House Speaker and sent to Governor Matt Mead (R) for his consideration.  SF 47 was passed by an overwhelming majority in the state Senate and the House.  Also today, “Castle Doctrine” self-defense legislation, House Bill 167, unanimously passed its third and final reading by the full Senate.  This bill would strengthen Wyoming citizens’ right to self-defense in their own home.  SF 47 and HB 167 now move to the Governor’s desk for his approval.

Sponsored by state Senator Kit Jennings (R-28) of Casper , SF 47 is an important update to lawful carry in Wyoming .  It would allow for the legal carry of a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Wyoming carry permit. The approval of this pivotal legislation bodes well for law-abiding citizens of Wyoming who wish to protect not only themselves but family and friends alike. 

In Wyoming it is generally legal to carry a firearm openly as long as one is at least 18 years of age and not prohibited from possessing a firearm.  However, if the firearm becomes covered with a coat, or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm in her purse, one needs to possess a concealed carry permit. The intent of this legislation is to give people the greatest possible freedom to choose the best method of carry for them, based on attire, gender, and/or physical attributes.

House Bill 167 would establish, in law, the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into your home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, so the occupant may use force, including deadly force, against that person.  It would also provide that persons using force authorized by law shall not be prosecuted for using such force. It also prohibits criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them. In short, it gives rights back to law-abiding people and forces judges and prosecutors to focus on protecting victims

Please contact the Governor today and voice your support for SF 47 and HB 167 to be signed into law!

Governor Matt Mead (R)
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