Barrasso, Lummis Introduce Suite of Bills to Safeguard Second Amendment Rights

February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing their commitment to defending the Second Amendment rights of Wyoming citizens, today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., joined their colleagues in introducing the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to fight back against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) recently announced federal registry for firearms with stabilizing braces.

“Every day, people across Wyoming responsibly use their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. President Biden’s unconstitutional rule threatens to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Barrasso. “We must stop the administration from imposing the largest government-initiated gun registration and confiscation program in history. Sen. Lummis and I will continue to fight against any policies that jeopardize the Second Amendment rights of the people of Wyoming and across the country.”

“People in Wyoming responsibly wield firearms to protect and provide for their families, and they should be allowed to continue to do so,” said Senator Lummis. “This suite of bills pushes back on the far Left’s attempts to chip away at our Second Amendment rights, and I’m proud to join Senator Barrasso in continuing our efforts to ensure responsible Wyoming gun owners are protected.”

The SHORT Act, introduced by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), rolls back a new ATF rule that bars Americans with disabilities from using pistol braces to exercise their Second Amendment rights. With this announcement, the ATF will now classify short-barreled AR rifles and similar firearms as pistols. AR-style firearms are used by roughly 60% of hunters and remain among the most popular firearm in Wyoming.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN), would allow law-abiding gun owners with concealed carry permits in their own states to continue to lawfully carry their weapons in other states with concealed carry laws.

The Congressional Review Act would push back on the recently released ATF rule increasing requirements for the use of pistol braces. From the date of the announcement of the ATF rule, manufacturers, dealers, and individual owners have 120 days to register any “short-barreled” rifles or remove the stabilizing brace on the weapon. This will greatly impact Wyoming residents who choose not to follow this rule, as they could face a $250,000 fine and possible prison time.