Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Pre-filed in State Senate

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Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Pre-filed in State Senate
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Wednesday, state Senator Anthony Bouchard and state Representative Tim Salazar pre-filed Senate File 71 for the 2018 Legislative Session.

Under Senate File 71, a law-abiding citizen would have no duty to retreat from any place where the person is lawfully present before using force to defend themselves.  Further, this bill would shift the burden of proof to the state, so the state would have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that a person charged with an offense that involved the use of force against another, did not use that force in self-defense.

It is unreasonable that victims of crime should have to worry about being arrested or prosecuted if they are required to use force to defend themselves or their family.

This legislation also provides protection from civil liability and frivolous lawsuits brought against individuals who have used reasonable defensive force to protect themselves or others.

Stay-tuned to NRA-ILA for more information on this and other firearm-related bill during the 2018 Wyoming Legislative Session.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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If I had the common sense, 40 years ago, that I have now, Wyoming would be where I’d be living now.

Laird S. Ralsston

It is about time that laws should be passed that would not stop those of us that want to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property from loss due to frivilous lawsuits for protecting those we love and hold dear. I also hope it will protect us from greedy civil lawsuits that take our possessions when we are cleared in criminal courts.


Laird, not only should law abiding citizens defending themselves be protected from lawsuits, they should be reimbursed for any legal expenses incurred. If liquidating the plaintiffs property is not enough, their ambulance chasers and the State should make up the difference.