Yesterday, the Wyoming legislature (fondly known as our “Cowboy Congress”) pushed back at the Obama Administration with HB104, the “Firearms Protection Act.” It passed the House overwhelmingly, 46-13, and will cruise on to the the Senate, where I predict it will pass as well. Then on to our governor, who, when I last saw him, was the winning bidder in a live auction for a new shotgun.
If enacted, any federal law “which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date.”
Not only that, “Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”
So a gauntlet has been thrown down. I’m sure there are members out there who will debate the legality of a state opting out of federal gun laws. Personally, I kind of look forward to the prospect of throwing some feds into the state penitentiary.
We’ll see what happens next. Things just might get western.