Stand-Your-Ground Bill Passes Senate After More Amendments

The Wyoming Senate on Wednesday signed off on Senate File 71.

On Tuesday the Senate had amended the legislation to the point where the bill’s primary sponsor Senator Anthony Bouchard, had said the bill was essentially gutted. The changes included changing the standard for using deadly force from the belief on the part of the person being attacked that it was needed to wording that called for a ”reasonable” belief that the attacker was placing the person or another person at risk of death or serious injury.

But before passing the bill on Wednesday, it was amended yet again to return the legislation partially back towards the original bill. Senators approved an amendment by Sen. Curt Meier [R-Goshen/Niobrara/Weston counties] that would allow people to use deadly force in self-defense as long as they have an ”honest belief” that they or someone else is in danger.

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