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Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline

On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead vetoed NRA-backed House Bill 137 that was passed with overwhelming support from the Wyoming Legislature. 

House Bill 137 sought to allow an individual with a valid concealed carry permit to lawfully carry a concealed firearm in any meeting of a government entity, including the state Legislature.  Individuals with concealed carry permits are some of the most responsible and law-abiding citizens in Wyoming and should not be prevented from carrying a firearm for self-defense.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight to pass this and other important pro-gun bills in future sessions.


Governor Matt Mead did sign into law House Bill 194 and House Bill 235.

House Bill 194 allows the board of trustees in each school district to adopt rules and regulations to allow the possession of firearms on school property by school district employees possessing a valid concealed carry license.  HB 194 goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

House Bill 235 expands Wyoming’s mentored hunting law by allowing those under the age of 14, who have not yet completed a hunting safety course, to hunt small game birds while accompanied by a person who has obtained a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms, without limitation on the number of years.  Previously, participants were limited to one year.  HB 235 goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators during the 2017 Legislative Session.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.