The Wyoming chapter of Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement afterthe Wyoming House passed SF 102, legislation which would prevent the enforcement of federal gun safety laws, potentially including the laws that prohibit people with dangerous histories from having firearms. The bill will punish local officials for doing their jobs and prevent them from taking action to keep our communities safe.
“With the sixth-highest rate of gun deaths in the country, lawmakers should be doing everything they can to make our state safer. Wasting time and resources on this type of dangerous legislation is something our state can’t afford,” said Beth Howard, a volunteer leader with the Wyoming chapter of Moms Demand Action.
Moms Demand Action volunteers and supporters have sent over 150 calls and emails opposing SF 102 this session. Last session, volunteers and supporters testified, sent emails and texts to lawmakers to fight legislation to nullify federal gun safety laws. Volunteers were joined in opposition by teachers and public safety experts. This year, volunteers have done the same thing to fight SF 102.
Wyoming has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, scoring 6 out of 100 for gun law strength, and has the third-highest rate of gun deaths in the country. Despite Wyoming’s gun violence rates increasing 54% in the last decade, state lawmakers continue to ignore gun safety measures.
Statistics about gun violence in Wyoming are available here, and Everytown’s Gun Law Navigator – which shows how Wyoming gun laws compare to those of other states – is available here.
Did you know?
Every day, 120 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021.