The 2023 Wyoming Legislative Session began last Tuesday, January 10, and two GOA-backed bills have already been introduced by Representative Jeremy Haroldson [R] from Wheatland.
While we expect even more GOA-supported bills in the coming days, we wanted to update our members on these first two bills.
HB0104 is a bill that will allow predator hunting on public lands with night vision. Currently, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission restricts the use of artificial lights, thermal imaging, infrared imaging, and other lights to private lands only. This makes almost one-half of the Cowboy State off limits to hunters and restricts hunter opportunity significantly.
Over 30 states, including blue states like Massachusetts, allow this practice, and there is no biological reason to restrict night vision that would justify this policy by Game and Fish. Accordingly, there is widespread public support to end this unnecessary ban on public land night vision use, and GOA expects HB0104 to receive widespread support.
HB0105 will repeal many gun-free zones for citizens authorized to legally carry a firearm in the state of Wyoming. Places currently off limits to firearms that would be open under this law include many government buildings, the Capital Building and Legislative Meetings, public schools, and colleges and Universities.
Private property owners would retain their ability to restrict firearms on their own property under this proposed law.
HB0105 is an important bill that removes unconstitutional restrictions placed on Cowboy State residents and brings Wyoming law closer to the law in many neighboring states that allow variations of these practices.
We expect both HB0104 and HB0105 to face opposition from anti-Second Amendment forces in the state, so please watch for upcoming updates on these bills. We will need your support to ensure that they pass!
These two bills are just the first of several GOA-backed bills we anticipate to be introduced during this Legislative session. We are working hard with Representatives and Senators to advance additional pro-gun measures, and we are also diligently working to ensure that no bills make it to the Legislative Floor that will restrict your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Today’s alert is just the first of many to come during the next two months, so please be looking for more alerts in the coming days and weeks. We will provide regular updates about these and other legislative efforts and let you know how you can help protect your Second Amendment rights during this legislative session!
P.S. Please be watching for updates on both of these bills in the coming days, and be on the lookout for information about other important GOA-supported bills that will advance your Second Amendment Rights!