Wyoming: Any agent of the U.S. who “enforces or attempts to enforce” federal gun rules on a “personal firearm” faces conviction.

Wyoming has joined a growing list of states with self-declared…

Wyoming has joined a growing list of states with self-declared exemptions from federal gun regulation of weapons made, bought and used inside state borders – but lawmakers in the Cowboy State have taken the issue one step further, adopting significant penalties for federal agents attempting to enforce Washington’s rules.

According to a law signed into effect yesterday by Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal, any agent of the U.S. who “enforces or attempts to enforce” federal gun rules on a “personal firearm” in Wyoming faces a felony conviction and a penalty of up to two years in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.

WND reported just days ago when Utah became the third state, joining Montana and Tennessee, to adopt an exemption from federal regulations for weapons built, sold and kept within state borders.

A lawsuit is pending over the Montana law, which was the first to go into effect.

But Wyoming’s law goes further, stating, “Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both.”

Read the rest of Bob Unruh’s article at World Net Daily.

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  • hey peter this is not a violation of the 2nd amendment

  • Dane

    @ Glenn Why do you blame Obama for instituting something that a large majority of middle class working American strive for on a daily basis. Why is it the democrats fault and not the republicans fault? And the only thing I agree with you on is the abolishment of the electoral college. We now sit in a representative democracy instead of a direct, which is unfortunate. However, President Obama doesn’t simply believe that he can do what he pleases. He actually tries to do thing much like FDR did back in the day, and is continuously blocked by the elitist faction of republicans that includes the speaker of the house. Are you telling me that you can afford to do without an extra $1000 a year simply because the speaker of the house and a bunch of others want to keep Obama out of office? Ignorance is bliss.

  • Oz

    GOD bless Wyoming!!!!!

  • AngryWhiteMale

    I love MY Utah CCL too…….and I’ve never set foot in Utah…!

  • Peter

    Two works – federal supremacy.
    It is a violation of federal law for any state officer to interfere with the lawful (as defined by the relevant federal law) enforcement powers of a federal agent. Should this case be heard before a federal court (as it would as a dispute between the states), the court is bound by the constitution to strike down this law, as a violation of the supremacy clause.

  • Phil Parmet

    It is interesting that you immediately begin your reply by trying to demean me by calling me a name, and then don’t even sign your own real name.

  • honestabe

    @ Phil…you pinhead! according to the constitution, anything not specified in the constitution becomes an issue for the states to clarify according to thier own constitution….the medicare program, people have paid into; its not a charity it is a paid service. medicaid is welfare health benifits.

  • SSR

    Phil Parmet:
    Its a good thing you brought up Social Security, the Marines, Federal Highways, and Medicare. All of which have NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER. I am guessing by bringing those things up you were intending to represent yourself as a complete moron, you have succeeded.

  • Phil Parmet

    Give back your social security if you are 65, your Medicare, your United State Marines, your federal highways etc., etc., print your own money then start talking about states rights over national unity. No the federal is hardly perfect, nor are the “politicians” who run your state governments. All this macho talk about how tough you are because your are carrying a gun on your hip makes you laughable to forces who are organized and ready to eat you alive. You are living in another age, grow up and take part in making our nation stronger, not tearing it apart because you can.

  • R.Williams

    The United States of America,,well sounds good but far from true.As an American born and raised.
    I see no evidence of it,we can’t even build a neighborhood without a wall around it,to keep the
    “others” out. Nice.
    And for those who claim others play a race card.
    Answer me this,and be totally truthful because if you lie,it will be obvious.
    You walk into a room on one side there’s a table
    of your race,on the other,a different race.
    Where does your natural mind tell you to sit?
    And if I “hate” you or you “hate” me,then that’s your right,it.To make a “law” that says I have to like you,or hire you should have been nipped in the bud.Laws for human emotion are pointless.
    I’ll decide who I like and don’t like,not the govt. And by the way Uncle Sam,to put a sales tax on a used car is illegal,after all that tax was paid the first time around,so stuff it!!
    Taxation without representation,,and could go on and on with that subject.

  • Golden

    I wouldn’t say i am pro gun, but i am definitely anti-gun control. At least how it is implemented in the states. The laws don’t have an effect on criminals, who obtain their weapons illegally anyway. So in the end the laws leave guns in the hands of the government and criminals, while making it more difficult for regular citizens to obtain them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see similar actions by other states on this and other federal laws. Ultimately this may save your country. If states start to break off from the federal government they can then work out trade deals between independent states. This would avoid any bills being passed in areas that it is unpopular, plus it will break the stranglehold the bankers and federal reserve have on your economy.

  • Guy7

    Just to point something out, as OuterContact said Obama does seem to be pro gun in his legislation, but there are other ways to control weapons. Anyone notice how hard it is to get ammo these days, how about the fact that surplus brass isn’t sold to the public anymore?

  • Outercontact

    Obama has so far made several pro-Gun decisions and 0 anti-gun. Guns in national parks, guns on trains, stopping attempts to expand federal ability to track gun purchases. Of course this does not mean that he is pro-gun in a way that the NRA wants, and I still think that he is in general in favor of control. But his policies to date suggest that it is not such an important issue to him, and not one he cares enough about to spend a significant amount of political capital on. Yes, I know he was strongly in support of gun control before the presidency, but it seems clear that he has since assumed the burden of representing a nation, not simply remained the same man with a new position. In conclusion, all of the ranting and posturing by 2nd Amendment advocates appears to be based on a fantasy, and a dangerous one at that. I am from Montana, and I know many people who honestly believe that violence is the answer, and that morality would truly be on their side if a full civil war were to occur. Please. This is not cowboys and communists. This is real life.

  • TooTall

    History will show us all to be sheep kept in line by the media, both parties and the corporations. Our votes don’t count. Voting for the person who is a part of your political party and not the most qualified person, allowing unconstitutional legislation to stand and continuing to allow violators of the rights of any persons with in our boarders is anti-American and our founders are rolling in their graves. Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, etc. They were all bought and sold. We did not elect them. They allowed little by little while we were distracted by our pety diffrences, media inspired fears and chemical distractions legislation that only benifited the rich and powerful, while we footed the bill, and watched as our sons went to war to help the war machine and our daughters children suffer from sickness because of the toxins our legislators allow to be placed into our daily products and the environment we breath, drink and grow our food in. All I am really saying is our country is fully capable of putting our diffrences aside and realizing a greater destiny. We need to stop letting these parasites (politicians) who think they know what is best for us run our lives and realize that we (all americans-even the immigrants which some of our greatest Americans have been and if you doubt that then you are truely ignorant so stop reading) have basic similarities which unite us and will bring us closer when we can get to know each other better not as Christian and Muslum, Black and White, Conservative and Libral but as Mothers, Fathers, Sisters and Brothers. All of this arguing is taking away from real questions like why dont we have a cure for cancers which affect all demographics or how can we ensure that all children go to sleep safe, having eaten a nutritious meal and are able to become educated so that we as a nation can stop competing with each other and work toward all the things we say we want for our children. We are better than this!

  • Marc

    I think the idea of the “made in, used in, and possessed in the state of” is to prevent it from being covered by interstate commerce. This being the government’s power to regulate all these things.

    As for Kevin, all the people here are sheep. Republicans and Democrats alike. Both are more concerned with keeping their party in power than in the ideals that should run the goverment. People will often vote for their party even when they disagree simply because they don’t want the other side to win. I speak in general terms, of course. Most people are too lazy to get out and politik and cause any change.

    Lastly, it was said “poor, ignorant liberals.” George Carlin, who was by no means conservative, would often blast liberalism as the paternalism of the white elitists who come up with social policies and language / thought policing because they are better than those they seek to help. Similarly, especially among the right wing conservatives (the religious nuts), they seek to control the morality of others because they think they are better than the godless hordes. The sad fact is no one cares to live and let live. The old arguments between the Federalists and Democrat Republicans no longer apply to our politics. The concept of fiscal responsiblity / private obligations vs govt assistance as a moral obligation towards downtrodden citizens is long gone. The Republican party is no longer about small goverment and fiscal responsibility. Nor is the Democratic party about the people they profess to help. It’s all about politics and getting re-elected and cozy flights to tropical islands and fancy dinners. If we are to effectively deal with the animosity and separatism going on, we need to get back to fundamental differences on ideaology, not bickering over nonsense just so someone will keep their job.

  • Texas

    I agree that we should have a strong federal government. I think everybody here does. However the argument is that just because their power is strong does not mean that it is limitless. They cross boundaries. Yes the federal does over rule the states in some cases but not where the constitution delegates the power to the states. The federal government has the power to do many things but this is something where the states are ones who are suppose to decide.

  • one more comment and i will stop..

    as for the federal fundings for highways etc.

    we should all stand as New Hampshire did a few years ago..Tell the feds where to go and take care of our own. if the feds dont wanna share funds with the states then let them spend it to get this Nation out of debt to china etc.. just a thought,another thought. Why do we need an electorial college to stand for the peoples votes? what cant we all vote on each subject as it comes to plat. it wont take much time, vote yes or no and move on…the feds wiggle around
    useing the electorial college.. it is not and never has been a vote by the people or for the people..add it up yer self…

  • its about time the states showed the federal govt that it is a govering body not a dictarship.
    we dont need a big govt , it is after all a govt by the people and for the people. Obamas said that but we all know it was not by choice. Each citizen should have had a right to vote for or against the bill. Mr Obama thinks he can do as he pleases, people should take the things Obama has done and remember it come nov..Vote out any democrat who signed on board the Obama health care plan. if the american people voted to do this or that, then what the people want should be law.

  • sarah

    I wish Georgia would adopt this policy!

  • Ken

    To those of you that do not like this or think it’s about Obama,Can you or anyone you know say in all honesty that you do not fear the government? This is the point that gets overlooked in the midst of the bickering about the smaller issues. There is not ANY justifiable instance where the people should fear them. We have sat on our butts and refused to get involved for one reason or the other and our country has been taken from us. I fear it’s reached a point of no return. The only thing I see that can save us is war. The things that liberals and conservatives argue over won’t make any difference when the Third Reich finally calls itself such. Make no mistake your freedom IS at stake.

  • Just Passing Through

    To whoever said Federal law trumps state law. The states are leaning on the 10 ammendment.

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    Seems like a hell of a legal leg to stand on to me. If the Federal gov gets pissed they will just reallocate WY’s funding. This is politics, being legally right means very little.

  • Ben

    Any honest reading of the Constitution will show that this is how it should always have been. Both the INTERstate commerce clause and the 10th amendment.

  • Kevin

    Swamp Angel, what do you mean when you say the pot is going to boil over? Are you going to start a revolution? Explain what you are saying. If you are bold as you want to sound, come right out and say what you mean. Do you and your sheep-like Glenn Beckyites want to take over the government? Are you a noble and great leader sent to guide us poor, ignorant liberals? Let’s all use plain talk.

  • Swamp Angel

    Hey Denim Shorts (all caught up in a wad):
    LET the fed’s pull every last penny of stimulus moneys and federal dollars going to Wyoming (or any other state for that matter). The fed doesn’t get those dollars in the first place except that they tax the citizens of the several states. Once the fed’s start taking that money from folks and then punish them by denying them any of the benefits resulting from such taxation, you can rest assured that the federal gov’t will begin to understand where the power of this nation rests. People are fed up past their eyeballs with the unrestrained power grabs made by Washington on a daily basis. It may be only a matter of time before the pot really boils and blows the lid off.

  • swish

    federal law overrides state law……. good idea though

  • Right on WY

    I love this. I’m from Idaho and live in Utah right now. Keeping the Federal Gov. out of the states is always a good idea. I love my Utah concealed weapons license.

  • Kevin

    The Federal Govt. represents me. I personally pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, not to secessionist Wyoming or secessionist Alaska. If the government is evil, than we are evil, because we ARE the government. Take some responsibility for your government, quitters, instead of whining that your tribe is being picked on.

  • Walking

    The whole point of this country and the states was to keep the federal government from becoming overly powerful, it’s good to see states starting to stand up and be themselves and not bullied into what the federal government wants!

  • S


    You’re quite right: the federal gov’t was an evil organisation long before Obama got elected.

    This has a lot more to do with DC than it does with Obama — states are taking the initiative now that they’re not hamstrung.

  • Kevin

    This is really great news. I hope more states follow. I’d consider moving to Wyoming if I have the opportunity. It’s a beautiful state.

    It’s always a sad and weak argument when people use the race card. Are you (my shorts are made of denim) trying to imply that people who desire more freedom must therefore be racist because the president is black? It makes no sense. Freedom knows no color. Please do not comment unless you can make a coherent argument.

    Furthermore, the Feds can keep their Stimulus money. It didn’t do any good. It hasn’t got me a job. I’m an engineer, what am I going to do with a “shovel ready” job?

    Are you saying Americans would be “3rd world slobs” without the fruits of the fed govt? Do you define fruits as the massive debt? Or are you referring to the Social Security benefits that I paid for but I’ll never get? I could go on, but I digress.

  • someoneelse

    Allright shorts, if you GENUINELY feel this is about “not liking a black man as president”, I have a bit of oceanfront property in AZ to sell you. Seriously.

  • my shorts are made of denim

    And if WY attempts anything like this then the Feds will pull every last penny in Stimulus and any other Federal dollar aimed toward Wyoming. Wake up people. Just because you don’t like a black man in Office doesn’t make the Federal Government an evil organization. You would be 3rd world slobs if you didn’t enjoy the fruits of Statehood under a strong Federal Government.

  • Larry

    Need this kind courage in every damn state. Feds are trying to take over.

  • hoop

    atta boy Wyoming!