City Considers Firearm Regulations

By Helgoth, Ali | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), January 2, 2013 | Go to article overview

City Considers Firearm Regulations


Helgoth, Ali, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


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Mayor Rick Kaysen said the city is considering firearms regulations in city buildings as part of larger discussions about increased security. The Wyoming Association of Municipalities reports it has received calls from some other local governments about similar plans. While local governments are considering their options, some in the state Legislature are considering taking away their ability to pass more stringent weapons regulations.

CHEYENNE - State law prohibits people from bringing concealed weapons to government meetings, but there is no prohibition against bringing a concealed weapon into city or county buildings.

For Cheyenne, that could change.

City officials are considering new regulations on bringing firearms into city hall and other municipal buildings, Mayor Rick Kaysen said.

"That's a possibility; nothing has been decided," he said last week in response to a question about the city's plans for increasing security.

Kaysen said the change isn't a reaction to the recent Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut, but it has been an ongoing discussion influenced by the number of shootings that have happened at schools, government meetings and courthouses nationwide.

New regulations could help clear up the gray areas in the law, he said this week. For instance, state law prohibits concealed weapons during government meetings, but does not prohibit open carry of firearms, he said.

It also means concealed weapons are prohibited in one area of a building but not in another.

Kaysen said it is part of a larger discussion about improving building safety. Other options being discussed include uniformed or plain-clothes officers or detection equipment. A uniformed officer already attends all Cheyenne City Council meetings.

"We still want to see ourselves as open to the public ? and that's very important," the mayor said.

The city does not have any laws on the books that provide more stringent regulations than state statutes provide for carrying concealed weapons, he said. While that might change for the city, it's not likely to change for the county.

Laramie County Commission Chairman Troy Thompson said the county is not considering similar changes. The issue has come up in the past, he said, but there has "never been formal discussion or a plan to move that way," he said.

He didn't rule out the possibility that it could come up, given the heated debate at the national level, but he said he would not support such a ban.

Thompson, who has a concealed-carry permit, declined to say whether he carries a firearm at the courthouse. …

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