MICHAEL HAMMOND, GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA
Wyoming is a pro-gun state with proud, self-reliant citizens. But, given that fact, Wyoming is one of the last states in the Mountain West that puts severe limits on your ability to defend yourself and your family.
That could change shortly.
Legislation which has been introduced by Senator Anthony Bouchard (R) would enshrine your right to defend your home, your family, and yourself against the unlawful use of force by a criminal who seeks to do you harm. That bill is Senate File No. 71.
The bill has four major provisions:
- First, you would have the right to use “reasonable defensive force” to protect yourself, your family, and your friends. “Reasonable defensive force” means “force that a reasonable person in like circumstances would judge to be necessary to prevent an injury or loss.” This can include “deadly force” if it is reasonable to believe such force is necessary.
- Second, if you are attacked, you have the right to “stand your ground,” unless you are the lawbreaker.
- Third, if you are acting reasonably in defending yourself, in accordance with the law, you would be protected from arrest, detention, and prosecution.
- Fourth, if the criminal who you defended yourself against sues you and loses, you would be entitled to attorneys’ fees and other costs connected with defending yourself against his frivolous suit.
Particularly in states like Wyoming, it may take a long time for the police to reach you in an emergency. If you cannot defend yourself and your family, then all of your lives may be in jeopardy.
Our friends at Wyoming Gun Owners are doing great work in Cheyenne, but all gun owners need to rally in support of this bill.
Michael Hammond is Legislative Counsel for Gun Owners of America
Used with the permission of Gun Owners of America.