CHEYENNE — A bill that would ban deadly weapons in Wyoming courtrooms has won initial approval in the state Senate.
House Bill 216 passed its first round of Senate floor debate on Tuesday. It faces two more votes in the chamber.
The proposal makes having deadly weapons in courtrooms a misdemeanor on first offense. A second offense within five years would be a felony.
The ban would not apply to jury rooms or other parts of the courthouse. In addition, the presiding judge in the courtroom could grant exceptions.