CHEYENNE - A bill that would allow Wyoming citizens who hold concealed weapons permits to carry guns on public school and college campuses has cleared its first committee hearing.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced the bill, sponsored by Rep. Allen Jaggi, R-Lyman. He says the bill is intended to increase school safety.
Jaggi and other witnesses testified that the only solution for mounting school violence is to have trained, armed people in schools ready to defend themselves and helpless students.
The committee also voted to advance another bill that would strengthen the state law that prohibits local governments and public officials from imposing their own gun control measures.
The committee later Tuesday is set to consider a bill that seeks to pre-empt any federal crackdown on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
It will consider a bill that would specify that any federal limitation on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would be unenforceable in the state. The bill would make it a state felony for federal agents to try to enforce restrictions.
President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstitute the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Obama's call for action on assault weapons was prompted by the mass killing of students and teachers at a Connecticut elementary school last month.