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Wyoming Moves To Ban Criminal Empowerment Areas aka “Gun Free Zones”

Between states like Indiana and New Hampshire pushing for Constitutional Carry and court victories in places like California that are making May-Issue states an endangered species, so far this is a good year for the 2nd Amendment and common sense.

Common sense is poised for another big win as in Wyoming, a sensible thinking state rep by the name of Allen Jaggi introduced House Bill 114.  A bill which passed the Wyoming House of Representatives without any watering down amendments by an overwhelming vote of 42-17.

What does HB 114 do?  It outlaws the state of Wyoming from enforcing the fatal fallacy of Gun Free Zones.  From the bill itself:

 (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act.”

(b) Persons holding a valid concealed carry permit 2 issued by the state of Wyoming under W.S. 6-8-104(a)(ii)  may carry a concealed weapon in the following places:

(i) Any meeting of a governmental entity;

(ii) Any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof;

(iii) Any public school, college or professional athletic event whether or not related to firearms;

(iv) Any public elementary or secondary school facility; and

(v) Any public college or university facility without the written consent of the security service of the college or university.

The only government establishment that this law doesn’t cover is inside of courtrooms.  Nor does it force private property owners from having to allow firearms onto their premises.

First a thing about the exceptions.  I actually get the court room prohibition.  On an ideological level I bristle at any infringement but for all the reasons people say they carry a gun, a courtroom covers them pretty well.

When seconds count…the cops aren’t minutes away, there is an armed bailiff there whose job is literally to stop people from committing crimes.  Also, you have to go through a metal detector to get into the courtroom (at least the ones I’ve been too) so the chances a criminal getting in is decreased.

As for not forcing private property owners to allow gun carriers onto their property I’m ok with that as well.  A business that doesn’t want my money won’t get my money.  What does bother me is when that is extended unequally.  As when privately owned bakeries are sued and forced to make wedding cakes for gay couples even though it goes against their personal beliefs.

Why are private businesses forced to kowtow to peoples persuasion with regards to the privilege of marriage but can refuse my God given rights to keep and bear arms?

But that is an argument for another day.

I only have one other issue with the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act.  Wyoming is a Constitutional Carry state, yet this legislation demands that in order to carry in the aforementioned locations you need a permit to do so.  I don’t quite care for the need to once again ask for permission in order to exercise my rights.

I assume that this was some concession in order to make this bill more easily digestible for the more iffy of the 42 supporters…yet it is something to keep an eye on nonetheless.

With all that being said, a win is a win and this is another step in the right direction.

 

  • Hop

    I’ve established a “Tyrant-free Zone” for my property here in New York State. Governor Cuomo is not permitted on the premises.

    • Bullets First

      With any luck he’ll end up sharing a cell with Silver and the entire state can breathe a little more free.

      • Hop

        Amen to that !! I’d be dancing in the street !!

  • Jan Bradley

    What about hospitals? I work in a hospital and am prevented from bringing my firearm to work to protect myself.

    • Billca

      That would depend on the hospital. A government-run hospital should not ban arms and deny you your rights. That said, exercise the brain a bit and think about the patients in hospitals. Some are there with serious or terminal illnesses. Some may be drug abusers or having psychological problems. Many will be on various medications that cloud thinking. Do we want any of them to have even accidental access to a firearm? The next question is how would you reasonably accommodate people who carry? Are there certain patients they should not visit while armed? When it comes to staff, how secure are any lockers or locker rooms? Do staff sometimes put purses or personal effects in unsecured desk drawers? It’s a much more complex place to create a viable policy for than most places.

      • Jan Bradley

        I understand your points, Billca. It just irritates me that I’m prevented from defending myself and others by rules which will NOT prevent an evildoer from entering with weapons.

        • Billca

          I personally don’t have a problem with staff storing their weapons in secure lockers or desks. I don’t have a problem with nurses walking out at the end of their shifts armed either. And I don’t have a problem with a hospital limiting the carrying of arms in certain areas – ICU, CCU, Maternity, MRI/Radiology because there are appropriate reasons to do so.

          • Jan Bradley

            Unfortunately, I live in Alabama and the hospital where I work as a librarian has very strict rules. Ah well… retirement nears.

  • Bravo, Wyoming. Let’s free Kalifornia!!

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