Friday, March 26, 2010

Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act criminalizes ATF

A law student sent me a New York Times article about new gun laws designed to evade the commerce clause for locally produced guns.

Doing some searching I found this law student blawg post that points out that Wisconsin provides criminal penalties for Feds enforcing laws in contravention of their local statute.


I pulled up the Wyoming law (HB 95) at their legislative website, and the student is correct.


World Net Daily has some coverage, I never trust WND totally, but if this is true, things could get interesting in Wyoming.

According to the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune, the law takes effect in July and consumers could purchase guns immediately under the exemption from the state's sole firearms manufacturer, Freedom Arms, which makes revolvers in the $2,000 price range.

The newspaper reported authorities already have discussed the possible scenario of a local Wyoming sheriff
arresting a U.S. marshal.

"That's a question we've sort of asked ourselves," John Powell, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office in Cheyenne, told the paper. "We're not exactly sure how this is going to play out."

State Rep. Alan Jaggi, R-Lyman, told the newspaper there could be confrontations.

"I think it could be a possibility if we had some overzealous – do I want to say bureaucrat? – that would just say, 'Hey, we're going to show these states we have all the authority,'" Jaggi said. "States' rights – I'm willing to say that's important enough to us to do it." |WND|

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