Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is among a dozen states where the
National Rifle Association is lobbying to make it easier for people to defend themselves with deadly force.
The NRA is backing bills in a dozen states to specify people have no duty to retreat from an attacker before using deadly force. Twenty-five states already have such laws on their books.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is fighting back, contacting lawmakers to oppose the Wyoming measure and saying it invites more gun violence. The Brady Center says it may find a cool reception in Wyoming, where guns are present in more than half of all homes.
Representative Stephen Watt, a Republican from Rock Springs, is one sponsor of the no-retreat bill in the legislative session that begins next month. He says Wyoming needs the law to protect the people's right to defend themselves.