Gun Bill Misses Deadline In Wyoming Legislature
A bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed guns into governmental meetings in Wyoming missed a deadline to be reported out of committee on Friday.
That means it won't be approved by the state Senate in 2016.
House Bill 86 had already passed the state House of Representatives. It would have repealed gun free zones for local and state government meetings ranging from city council proceedings to the Wyoming Legislature.
Friday was the deadline for legislative bills to be reported out of committee, and House Bill 86 was never acted on by a Senate committee, meaning the proposal is dead for this session.
Bills which would expand the right to carry concealed weapons have repeatedly failed to win approval during the last few legislative sessions. House Bill 86 was the latest effort, and was different from other recent legislative bills on the subject in that it took a narrower approach. Previous bills in the Wyoming Legislature would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried into schools, college campuses and sporting events.
House Bill 86 would have only applied to governmental meetings, and would have specifically exempted courtrooms.
Supporters, like Rep. Kendell Kroeker (R-Evansville), argued the bill would give people the ability to defend themselves against armed attackers at public venues. They pointed to the fact many of the mass shootings in recent years have happened in "gun free" zones where no one was able to shoot back at armed attackers.
But Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen spoke for many opponents of the bill when he said "I don't see why anyone has to carry a gun into a public meeting."