Concealed Weapons Bill Fails In Wyoming Senate

CHEYENNE, (AP) - A massive e-mail campaign intended to persuade state lawmakers to vote for a bill that would have allowed Wyoming residents to carry handguns concealed on their bodies without a permit apparently backfired.

House Bill 113 died Friday when it failed to get out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The House had approved it 42-15 on Monday. Senator Tony Ross from Cheyenne, is Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and co-sponsor of the bill. Ross says he didn't schedule the bill for a hearing in his committee because he didn't have the votes to pass it.

Some lawmakers including Senate President John Hines, a Gillette Republican, said they received more than 1,000 e-mails, many of them identical, urging them to support the bill.

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SICK OF BEING THIS GOVERNMENT SCORING THE RIGHTS OFTHE PEOPLE

INFRINGE ON MY RIGHT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON WE GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS USA SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ASK TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON. SO BY NOT PASSING THE BILL ALL YOU DID WAS GO AGAINST THE ONES THAT PUT YOU IN OFFICE REMEMBER ONE THING WE THE PEOPLE VOTED YOU IN AND WE THE PEOPLE CAN VOTE YOU OUT. IT TIME WE TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK THE ONLY ONE'S YOU HAVE SET BACK IS LAW ABIDING CITIZEN THE CRIMINALS CARRY WEAPONS UNLAWFUL ANYWAY.

TAX PAYING, LAW ABIDING
CITIZEN OF WYOMING
REGISTERED VOTER

Concealed

This is also backfired in Miami. No individual civilian is allowed to carry and conceal a weapon.

agree

I agree with Clark. It should be a poll question. I also think the topic should be hashed out on open line Friday and I'm surprised it hasn't come up yet.

It's infantile of legislators to complain about "mass emails." It was also infantile for John Patton to suggest that the age be changed from 21 to 12. That was a sign of complete disdain and disrespect for those that support the bill. It would appear that it was an attempt to make a public mockery of the bill.

My husband and I both emailed our legislator (Mike Madden) and are fortunate to have a legislator that actually represents the views of the constituents in Johnson County - a primarily conservative district. Logic dictates that criminals will carry weapons regardless of the law. They're criminals! Legislators, NEWS FLASH, criminals do not care what laws you pass or do not pass in WY. They're lawless.

As for the law enforcement lobbyists lobbying heavily against this bill, it would seem to me that police need to be at the highest alert when they approach any situation involving a suspect - whether it is a shop lifting incident or a traffic violation. They should just assume that the suspect is armed and go from there. This is not a good reason to infringe on a person's right to carry a concealed weapon.

I hope other Republicans will step forward to run in the primaries as competition is never a bad thing. I also hope that these legislators will not only be opposed in the general election, by Democrats, or the R side of the aisles in Cheyenne will probably shrink next session.

I'm fairly proud of Mike Madden and his representation as someone with an R next to his name, so I don't plan to run against him or to try to find someone to do it, but what is going to happen in Sheridan? That's up to the people of Sheridan County. Don't just sit around and complain. Do something about it.

The email campaign

Its time to contact our local NRA-ILA Election Volunteer coordinator. Wyoming's EVC is Richard Bohling, Laramie, WY
307-745-8625. We need to start a campaign to replace these legislators now.

"Contact our local NRA"

As usual the NRA had no-one on the ground on HB113 and HB95.

Wyoming Gun Owners was the only organization fighting for your gun rights!!!

http://wyominggunowners.org/

Absolutely right, these guys

Absolutely right, these guys usually run unopposed and I really hope to see two names on the ballot this fall, even if one is a democrat. Thumbing your nose at voters who thought enough to sent a thousand e mails is intolerable.

Yes,sheridan will tolerate

Yes,sheridan will tolerate this "juvenile behavior from legislatures",the proof is in the fact that kinskey and council are still in office.

concealed carry

Might be that John Patton was attempting to show how juvenile the bill was. If you are a law abiding citizen you can get a CC permit. If not, you will most likely have a weapon anyway. So just what is the point...? My guess is if it went to a state vote it would loose my a large margin. I say that it is good we have representation with some common sense.

Common sense?

It is common sense that current legislation penalizes law abiding citizens and does not effect those who chose to function beyond the law. Common sense would prevail if our elected officials would reward law abiding citizens by granting freedom to carry without having to report it to a functionary.
I believe society should demand more from those claiming to be qualified to represent the people. Is it too much to ask a civil servant to be creative enough to draft and pass legislation that penalizes those beyond the law, encourages others to remain within the law, and rewards those whom have already made the choice to abide by the law?
Our representation that achieves this will then be granted my use of the phrase "HAVING COMMON SENSE".

BTW: As easy as the House passed this bill it seems common sense would be to at least hear it in the Senate, would it not?

To my understanding

To my understanding Mr.Patton got 1500 emails asking him to vote for the bill, and I assume emails to the other two were comparable. Then Patton, Berger, and Landon all voted no. To me this showed utter contempt towards the voters whom they are supposed to represent. I sure hope we will see all three of these people opposed in the elections this November.

The email campaign

The email campaign backfired? Does that mean that our legislators not only don't want to hear from their constituents but will vote opposite the publics will just to prove they don't have to represent us?
John Patton actually wanted to amend the bill to change the required age for concealed carry from 21 to 12. Is Sheridan going to tolerate this kind of juvenile behavior as representation for them in the legislature? I say it's time to get new representation!

Backfired?

I am glad that I am not the only Sheridan citizen to feel this way! I wonder how many emails and letters our representation received opposing this bill? I also wonder if our legislature realize they are a representation of our population and are there to be our voice? Perhaps they believe they are more qualified to make decisions for us and decide what is best for the state, despite what we the people desire? Maybe it is time for some others to fill their positions that will actively listen to what the society they represent believes in!

SheridanMedia.com,
Have you received any public announcements from our representation in the Senate explaining their actions and if they plan to conduct any further research on this issue to truly see how the populace feels?
Also thanks for your coverage on these issues!

Next weeks question

I'd sure like to see next weeks question of the week address this in some manner, I am honestly curious to see how much popular support this had. People I talk to all seem pretty mad, but maybe that's just my social circle.

I forwarded your comment to

I forwarded your comment to our News Team. They will be picking the next couple poll questions.