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Gun Rights

"...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."

This simple statement needs no interpretation. It is the second part of the Second Amendment of the Constitution for the United States of America, and is intended to be applied in conjunction with the first part which reads, "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State..."  The militia being made up from the citizens with officers chosen from their ranks.

The sporting use of firearms or arms was not mentioned in the Constitution. It was and is a side benefit. Please read Federalist 46 by James Madison.

Thus, the Second Amendment was written to assure people that they could protect themselves from possible overreaching by the newly formed Federal Government. They had just suffered through tyranny by the British Government, a government which had tried to disarm them. There was a strong mistrust of any central government.

Each able bodied man of service age was REQUIRED to own the best firearm and ammunition he could afford. There were periodic inspections to insure that they were ready at a moments notice with a complete rucksack. Thus the term "minuteman"was coined. 

The fact that the majority of the households in our country were armed has been reported to have been a significant deterrent to the invasion of our mainland during World War II.

Thus we must vigorously resist any attempt to diminish or restrict in any way the right of Wyoming citizens to keep and bear arms of their choosing.

As Governor I will do just that!



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