Senators introduce new gun legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of Republican senators introduced a bill earlier this week that would allow individuals to carry firearms on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Wyoming’s two delegates.

Along with Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds from South Dakota, Mike Braun of Indiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rick Scott from Florida introduced the Recreational Lands Defense Act on Tuesday. That bill aims to require the same right for individuals on land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the rest of America, and would affect nearly 12 million acres of federal land.

Lummis said in a brief statement that people have been required to check firearms at the entrance of lands managed by the USACE management. Because those lands are federal lands, Lummis drew up Wyoming’s large swaths of federal lands as reasons for joining this endeavor.

“I’m proud to work with Sens. Mike Crapo, John Barrasso and other colleagues to end this infringement of Americans’ liberties,” she said.

Barrasso added to that, saying the proposed legislation would protect people in Wyoming and other states with large sections of public lands to exercise their Second Amendment rights.