As Governor, Ex-U.S. Attorney Unsure About Concealed Weapons Bill
By Andrew Ramonas | February 25, 2022 12:05 pm

Is Wyoming still the Wild West?

The state’s former U.S. Attorney, who is now the governor, is grappling with a version of that issue as he weighs whether to sign into law expected legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Matt Mead (Matt Mead for Governor)

Gov. Matt Mead (R) will decide his course of action once the bill comes to his desk, a spokesman for the governor told Reuters. Mead has been a supporter of gun rights and has handled firearms cases as a prosecutor, according to Reuters. Mead was U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2007 and became governor this year.

The Wyoming House was scheduled to vote on the bill Friday, The Associated Press reported. The state Senate has already passed the legislation.

If the bill becomes law, Wyoming would become the fourth state to allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit, following Alaska, Arizona and Vermont.

Some law enforcement officials have expressed opposition to the legislation, according to Reuters. But Bryan Skoric, prosecuting attorney for Park County, told Reuters that he backed the legislation and did not anticipate a significant spike in the number of residents with concealed weapons.

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