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Calling it 'murky,' Mead vetoes government-meetings gun bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed firearms into government meetings.

Mead said in his veto message Wednesday the bill is murky and could have allowed concealed weapons into local government meetings but not state legislative meetings.

Proponents said the measure was needed as a safety measure to protect against people who would start shooting at a government meeting.

Lawmakers considered but decided against changing the bill to allow local officials to decide whether or not they wanted concealed firearms in their meetings. Mead also sided with those opponents, saying Wyoming values government closest to the people.

He urged lawmakers to consider studying the issue over the interim.

Mead signed into law another bill allowing school officials to carry guns in schools.


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