State of Wyoming Archives: on Gun Control

Mary Throne: Pro-gun but not unrestricted access

On gun rights: "I grew up on a ranch with a gun behind the back door," she said. "My family hunts and I'm not going to take guns away from my family or anybody else." She also said, however, that she voted against legislation allowing for guns in schools and government meetings while in the Wyoming state legislature.
Source: Uinta County Herald on 2018 Wyoming Governor race Aug 27, 2017

Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges

We are now and shall always be a proud ag state. We have great wildlife in Wyoming. We have great respect for the Second Amendment. And when you combine all these assets together, it's no surprise that hunting, firearms and shooting sports are part of Wyoming's history and heritage. We want to keep these traditions and pass them on to future generations, and that we want to share an enjoyment of sporting life with others. With this in mind I announce a new initiative for public shooting ranges and shooting competitions.

The Wyoming firearms industry, an important component of manufacturing, continues to grow. Our world class companies manufacture handguns, precision rifles, silencers, optic, sights, and other firearm accessories. Take, for example, Magpul, recently selected by the United States Marines as the exclusive supplier of magazines for combat use. Isn't that incredible news for a Wyoming company to supply our US Marines?

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Charlie Hardy: Don't arm felons nor teachers, but all others ok

The primary issue Hardy said he hears about is gun control. People are constantly asking him if he supports taking away their guns. Hardy shook his head and smiled as he recalled some of the incidents. "Democrats do not want to take guns away from people," he said. "And there are so many other issues."

He said he would prohibit convicted felons from having guns, and does not support arming teachers. That would not make schools safer, Hardy said.

Source: Powell Tribune coverage of 2014 Wyoming Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Tim Chesnut: Enforce existing laws; require child-safety locks

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dave Freudenthal: Ease state gun restrictions

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Dick Cheney: Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement

Cheney was one of just 21 members of Congress in 1985 to vote against a ban on armor piercing “cop killer” bullets. In 1988, he was one of only 4 members voting against a ban on plastic guns that could slip through airport security machines undetected. Those votes were cast 15 years ago, said Cheney. “If you look at [Bush’s] package, there are provisions there that make sense,” he added, voicing support for the mandatory sale of trigger locks and tougher enforcement of existing gun laws.
Source:, “Opens campaign in Wyoming” Jul 26, 2000

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