Fri 19 Feb, 2010 07:45 pm
Associated Press - February 18, 2010 8:05 PM ET
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -
Wyoming residents could carry concealed guns without state licences
under a bill that has received preliminary approval in the state House of Representatives.
The House voted Thursday to approve a bill that would allow people
who wish to carry weapons hidden on their bodies to do so without
going through existing training and licensing requirements. The bill
still needs to be heard two more times before heading to the Senate.
Sponsor Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, says the bill would
reclaim a right for citizens that has been violated by the government.
Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, spoke against the bill.
He says carrying guns is not an absolute right and questioned
how many arguments have been settled with firearms instead of conversation.
If this bill passess, then Wyoming will follow Alaska,
which repealed all of its gun control laws several years ago.
Vermont has never had any anti-gun laws.
It has a very low annual rate of crime.