Wyoming bill would criminalize Federal enforcement of a semi-auto ban
At least three states have passed laws in recent years declaring that some current or future Federal gun laws will not be enforced within the state. These include MT, TN, and AZ.
At least two more states have pending bills. These are SC and WY. If you know of others, please e-mail this website.
State legislators in Wyoming introduced a bill that would declare Federal laws banning semi-automatic weapons to be invalid in Wyoming. The bill would also authorize the Attorney General to protect gun owners from Federal Agencies and charge Federal agents with a felony.
The bill is being sponsored by six State Representatives and two State Senators.
Wyoming Firearm Protection Act:
1 AN ACT relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit
3 the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming;
5 providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date.
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming:
9 Section 1. W.S. 6-8-405 is amended to read:
11 6-8-405. Offenses and penalties; defense of Wyoming citizens.
14 (a) No public servant as defined in W.S. 6-5-101, or dealer selling any firearm in this state shall enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule or
1 regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming.
6 (b) Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any
8 act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm
10 accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains
12 exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a misdemeanor felony and, upon conviction, shall be
14 subject to imprisonment for not more less than one (1) year 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 dollars ($5,000.00), or both.
19 (c) The attorney general may defend a citizen of Wyoming who is prosecuted by the United States government
21 for violation of a federal law relating to the manufacture, sale, transfer or possession of a firearm, a firearm
23 accessory or ammunition owned or manufactured and retained exclusively within the borders of Wyoming. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0426
2 (d) Any federal law, rule, regulation or order created or effective on or after January 1, 2013 shall be
4 unenforceable within the borders of Wyoming if the law, rule, regulation or order attempts to:
7 (i) Ban or restrict ownership of a semi- automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or
10 (ii) Require any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.
13 Section 2. This act is effective immediately upon completion of all acts necessary for a bill to become law
15 as provided by Article 4, Section 8 of the Wyoming Constitution.