Wyoming Joins The Fight

Great news came out of the Equality State in the way of proposed legislation this week and the Feds have been put on notice… again!

“Wyoming manufactured firearms bill will go before legislators”:http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2010/01/17/news/today/news06.txt is the title of today’s highlighted article and it starts like this:

_When it comes to regulations that make it harder to carry, make or use firearms and ammunition, Chuck McIntosh believes that gun controls have gotten a little out of control._

_As a maker of custom firearms in Wyoming, McIntosh, 40, has three federal permits that allow him to assemble guns._

_Whether it’s a pistol, a hunting rifle or a customized AR-15 assault rifle, McIntosh has experience in building them. He does it all in his shop — Mac’s Gunworks — south of Gillette on Highway 59._

_He wasn’t surprised to hear that a bill that would change the way firearms manufactured in Wyoming are regulated will come up when the state Legislature convenes Feb. 8 in Cheyenne._

_The Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act stipulates that firearms manufactured for sale and use exclusively in Wyoming will be exempt from federal regulations._

Montana started this ball rolling with their version of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act and other states are getting on the band wagon.

_A similar bill has been enacted in Montana and Tennessee. Lawmakers in more than 10 other states will consider carbon copies of the bill._

For those who haven’t yet read about these bills, it is important to understand that the debate is about a great deal more than firearms.

_The reality is the bill essentially is a statement to the federal government that it is overreaching its powers and infringing on states’ rights._

_The Wyoming bill is one of four pieces of legislation intended to be heard this year that deal with state sovereignty. There are two resolutions that reaffirm the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution and another bill that seeks to stop health care reforms now under debate in Congress._

It is well past time that *all* states should be giving this same message to the federal government.

The United States was formed on basic principles that are clearly outlined in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. We need to return to those basics.

If your state has yet to reaffirm its sovereignty, contact your representatives now and tell them to wake up, smell the coffee and get their butts in gear.

Wyoming has joined the fight! How about your state…

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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