Gordon Signs Second Amendment Protection Bill | State
CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law the Second Amendment Protection Act on Monday, with the support of law enforcement in attendance.
The bill passed in the recently concluded 2022 budget session of the Wyoming legislature. It is designed to protect Second Amendment rights, as well as prevent federal regulation of firearms, accessories, magazines, and ammunition. Sheriffs, officers, gun rights advocates and lawmakers have said the legislation is needed as President Joe Biden’s administration pushes for such control.
“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work with law enforcement, Wyoming gun owners, the Shooting Sports Foundation, all those people who are strong believers in the Second Amendment,” the godfather said. of the bill, Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, signing. “We hope that the federal government will never do an unconstitutional act that violates the people’s right to the Second Amendment.”
The bill states that public officials are prohibited from enforcing, administering or cooperating with an unconstitutional act of any kind, and sets one of the toughest penalties for violation in the country. A person who knowingly breaks the law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Nothing in the law can limit or prevent an agent from providing assistance to federal authorities or accepting federal funds for law enforcement purposes.
“We are united in holding ourselves and our officers accountable for not enforcing, administering, or cooperating with unconstitutional acts,” said Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Executive Council Chairman and Chief of Rock Springs Police Department, Dwane Pacheco. “This is one of the most personally and professionally significant legislative actions I’ve seen in my career.”
Pacheco testified throughout the session in support of the bill, which advanced through the process instead of the Preservation Act Second Amendment tabled in both the House and Senate. The legislation was similar to the enacted bill, but would have imposed harsher penalties on violators and exposed law enforcement personnel to civil suits by citizens. Ultimately, this alternative plan fell through as opposition lawmakers expressed concern about possible repercussions for public officials.
The Second Amendment Protection Act instead passed with a large majority. The House passed Senate Docket 102 at third reading 43-15, and the Senate approved 22-7.
“It’s an honor to be able to sign this bill,” Gordon said. “I thank everyone who worked on this bill for putting it on my desk. He joined the Firearms Freedom Act. This is a very strong statement of Wyoming’s appreciation for Second Amendment rights and constitutional opportunities to use firearms.