- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns into Wyoming legislative hearings and other meetings of public bodies around the state.

Sponsor Rep. Kendell Kroeker, an Evansville Republican, says he wants lawmakers and others who attend public meetings to have means to defend themselves if an armed criminal comes in seeking to do them harm.

The bill needs two more approvals following Thursday’s vote in the House before it could advance to the Senate.

The House last year approved a bill that would have allowed concealed carry of guns on school campuses and other public buildings, including legislative hearings. The billed died in the Senate.

Kroeker says this year’s bill should face less opposition because it exempts school campuses.

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