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Gun-control 'exemption' proposed through new Wyoming legislation

Jan 11, 2013 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to pre-empt any federal crackdown on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the aftermath of last month's school shooting in Connecticut.

A bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would specify that any federal limitation on guns would be unenforceable. It also would make it a state felony for federal agents to try to enforce restrictions.

The bill comes as Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver gun-control proposals to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Obama has said reducing gun violence is a top priority following the massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, is the bill's main sponsor. Seven others in the Wyoming House and two state senators have also signed on as sponsors out of 90 total state lawmakers.

Kroeker said Thursday he expects Washington will push its current gun-control effort as far as it can. The Obama administration has made it clear it's considering proposals including a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

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