Speaker Of The House Comments On Failed Concealed Carry Bill

We wrap up our series with Wyoming Speaker of the House of Representatives Colin Simpson with a look at a failed bill that has attracted its fair share of controversy. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.


House bill 113 was dubbed the concealed carry bill, and it would have allowed Wyoming residents to carry a concealed gun without a permit. While the bill passed in the House of Representatives, it ultimately died in the Senate. Speaker of the House Colin Simpson co-sponsored the bill, and he says that the Senate's decision to kill the legislation didn't come as a surprise to him.

Concealed carry permits require applicants to undergo a background check and pay a fee. Proponents of the bill feel these restrictions infringe on residents’ Second Amendment rights. Opponents argued the bill was not in the public’s best interest, saying there needed to be some restrictions for carrying a concealed handgun.

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You know I find it sad that

You know I find it sad that Wyoming did not move to pass this... The area I live in just PASSED the same bill only they left it up to individual business owners and church leaders. Yes that’s right they put the power in the hands of each individual business owner. You might be surprised at what business would allow this.

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When you take guns away from the people the only ones left with guns are the criminals.

could be worse

Just wait until after even more Kalifornians retire here. Last thing we need is left wing retirees with too much time and money to start getting into the politics.

Every chance I get to talk

Every chance I get to talk to people from Caliornia, or the east coast I tell them how bad the weather is, how ugly the scenery is, and how nasty the people are......hopefully we can keep the secret and keep em out!

Sheridan gun laws

Does anyone on here know if there is a web site that explains the gun laws of the city of Sheridan? I occasionally see a charge of "weapons display" in the police report but I have no idea what that implies. For instance, is open carry allowed within city limits, is it legal to carry a rifle in gun rack in the back window? There needs to be some way to look these instances, and any others, up so as not to inadvertently cross the line.

Since apparently nobody here knows,

I have a suggestion for the weekly poll; should the city of Sheridan make this information available on a website? I, for one, would like to know.

a compromise

How about a compromise, we amend the present law to state that a person must be in commission of a crime to be charged with carrying a concealed weapon? As long as you are not doing anything else illegal you could not be charged.

The senate president is a scumbag

Vermont and Alaska have allowed 2nd amendment carry for years and just as you would expect, only good things come of it. Just as you would expect, the criminals carry ANYWAY, just like they do in cities like NY and Chicago that have total bans.

I hate to say this about a Wyoming legislator (because they are usually better than the leftist morons elsewhere around the country), but Senate President John Hines, a Gillette Republican, is a creep who needs to be voted out. He is arrogant and anti gun. HE would claim to be "very pro gun," but if you demand that you're fellow LAW ABIDING CITIZENS get licensed and fingerprinted, hassled and charged fees before they are "allowed" to exercise a fundamental right, then you are anti gun. That is the very definition of being anti gun. I would donate to anyone of any party who seeks to dethrone Mr. Hines and who will vote for 2nd amendment carry in Wyoming.

cute...

Way to advertise your nutjob rightwing agenda.

This posters website should be edited out of this post.

Cute - you should LOSE your

Cute - you should LOSE your right to vote. You are obviously incapable of enjoying the fruits of liberty that have been handed to you.

THE BAD GUYS ALREADY DO...

THE BAD GUYS ALREADY DO... WITHOUT A PERMIT.

requiring a permit provides additional leverage when prosecuting

"If you require a permit for a concealed weapon, then anyone caught with a concealed weapon by law enforcement and is found to not have the proper permit can be charged for that violation, this provides additional punishments for the criminals who are going to carry concealed at all times due to their intentions..."

It is ALREADY illegal for a felon to POSSESS a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon. How many more laws do you need to pass to make him any more illegal? Maybe you should pass a law that says he can't possess a 'blued' gun or a 'stainless' gun, or perhaps a gun that has a barrel. The 'make it more illegaler' argument is an absurd strawman for more CONTROL over the individual liberty of non-criminals. It will do NOTHING to reduce crime or increase punishment of the criminal element. It serves only to place more hurdles in the path of the common citizen.

Be carful what you wish for.

Be carful what you wish for. Making it legal for everyone to carry concealed means bad guys also.

It is all about the money

It is all about the money huh

requiring a permit provides additional leverage when prosecuting

This bill is NOT about the 'government' fearing the public.

If you require a permit for a concealed weapon, then anyone caught with a concealed weapon by law enforcement and is found to not have the proper permit can be charged for that violation, this provides additional punishments for the criminals who are going to carry concealed at all times due to their intentions, and the firearms they have will often be stolen as well of course so they are definitely never going to go through and legitimate permit process.
So by requiring the permit, criminals can get additional length on sentencing due to violating more laws.

if no permit is required for concealed carry, then the criminal gets less charges when caught.
That's the only actual realistic resulting change that would occur from this bill. So it is very easy to argue that passing such a bill to no longer require a permit is "going easier on the criminals"

a better question would be why do residents within the city feel they "need" to carry a concealed firearm?
they think crime is that bad?
do they think they might need to bust some caps while in the wal-mart checkout line?

besides, you can always open carry if you really feel the need to have it on you for protection but you don't want to go through the process for the concealed permit.

"a better question would be

"a better question would be why do residents within the city feel they "need" to carry a concealed firearm?"

Are rights to be rationed according to "need"? How many people "need" a firearm? or for that matter a pick up truck? How many people "need" a 2000 square foot house? or even a steak dinner? I myself have mixed feelings about the bill but rights are not rationed based on "need". It also bothers me to see so many who are obviously involved in law enforcement lobby against the rights of the people.
I think a good compromise would be to amend the law to say that no one could ever be prosecuted for carrying concealed unless they were a felon or other person whom it is ilegal to posess a firearm, or carrying a firearm while comitting a felony. The government should not be able to charge for "just" carrying concealed.

You had me from the start

You had me until you got to the part where you showed your true colors...
"a better question would be why do residents within the city feel they "need" to carry a concealed firearm?
they think crime is that bad?
do they think they might need to bust some caps while in the wal-mart checkout line?"
Open carry if fine for some situations not for others, concealed carry is better for some. Your assertion that they might need to bust some caps while in the wal-mart checkout line is just stupid. Concealed carry is just for that eventuality, you don't get the opportunity to decide when your life is going to be threatened, so you can go prepared for it.
I was all buying into the additional time if caught with a gun and no permit then I realized that as an ex-cop from Cheyenne we were not allowed to stack charges so that argument is bull too.

where the government fears

where the government fears the people, you have freedom. Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. I fear we are moving towards the latter.

concealed carry

Has to be some restrictions? B.S. Ask Your Senators, what have you done to be sooooooo afraid of THE PEOPLE?

Speaker Of The House Comments On Failed Concealed Carry Bill

Looks like Wyoming needs to vote out some people and send them packing back to one of those crime loving states like NY or Brokefrnia