(Breitbart) – As details continue to emerge regarding gun control plans that President Barack Obama and the Democrats are pushing behind the scenes, Wyoming lawmakers have a message for the federal government: “Don’t tread on us.”
Local radio station KTWO reports that lawmakers in Wyoming have proposed a “Firearms Protection Act” that provides a state-level annulment of any ban against semi-automatics or magazines that hold 20 or 30 rounds or more.
If the measure passes, it would mean that anyone–even federal agents-who try to enforce a ban within the state borders could be charged with a felony.
Is this the wave of the future for “red” states concerned about Obama’s strong anti-gun intentions?
It is too early to tell. But it is worth noting that Montana lawmakers began pushing for the same kind of legislation as soon as conservatives took control of that state’s legislature in 2010.
2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0426 HOUSE BILL NO. HB0104 Firearm Protection Act. Sponsored by: Representative(s) Kroeker, Baker, Burkhart, Jaggi, Miller, Piiparinen, Reeder and Winters and Senator(s) Dockstader and Hicks A BILL for 1 AN ACT relating to firearms; providing that any federal law 2 which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit 3 the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on 4 firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; 5 providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming: 8 9 Section 1. W.S. 6-8-405 is amended to read: 10 11 6-8-405. Offenses and penalties; defense of Wyoming 12 citizens. 13 14 (a) No public servant as defined in W.S. 6-5-101, or 15 dealer selling any firearm in this state shall enforce or 16 attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule or 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0426 1 HB0104
1 regulation of the United States government relating to a 2 personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is 3 owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming 4 and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming. 5 6 (b) Any official, agent or employee of the United 7 States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any 8 act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United 9 States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm 10 accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured 11 commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains 12 exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty 13 of a misdemeanor felony and, upon conviction, shall be 14 subject to imprisonment for not more less than one (1) year 15 and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not 16 more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) five thousand 17 dollars ($5,000.00), or both. 18 19 (c) The attorney general may defend a citizen of 20 Wyoming who is prosecuted by the United States government 21 for violation of a federal law relating to the manufacture, 22 sale, transfer or possession of a firearm, a firearm 23 accessory or ammunition owned or manufactured and retained 24 exclusively within the borders of Wyoming. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0426 2 HB0104
1 2 (d) Any federal law, rule, regulation or order 3 created or effective on or after January 1, 2013 shall be 4 unenforceable within the borders of Wyoming if the law, 5 rule, regulation or order attempts to: 6 7 (i) Ban or restrict ownership of a semi- 8 automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or 9 10 (ii) Require any firearm, magazine or other 11 firearm accessory to be registered in any manner. 12 13 Section 2. This act is effective immediately upon 14 completion of all acts necessary for a bill to become law 15 as provided by Article 4, Section 8 of the Wyoming 16 Constitution. 17 18 (END) 3 HB0104