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Wyoming joins 21-State Coalition in Lawsuit in Defending Second Amendment Rights from Federal Overreach

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Governor Mark Gordon’s Office released a statement Monday confirming that the State of Wyoming has joined 20 other states in a lawsuit arguing that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is overstepping its authority and infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment right to privately buy and sell firearms. In the lawsuit, the coalition of states argue that the ATF’s regulatory restrictions exceed the authority granted to the agency by Congress and are a violation of the Second Amendment.

According to the complaint, “The right to keep and bear arms is central to our country’s history and traditions, so Congress must be careful when addressing that right through federal legislation.” Under the final rule, the defendants “would put innocent firearms sales between law-abiding friends and family members within the reach of federal regulation,” the complaint continues.  

Gordon said the Biden Administration is attempting to treat every legal gun owner as a commercial gun dealer, and every gun sale or trade as a commercial transaction, and that the administration is exceeding its authority and targeting our Second Amendment rights without going through Congress. In December, Wyoming joined 25 other states in signing a comment letter opposing the new rule. The states have asked the Court to vacate the rule as contrary to law.

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