CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon and Secretary of State Ed Buchanan have invited the National Rifle Association to relocate from Virginia to Wyoming, they said in a joint letter released Tuesday.
Though the letter was sent to the gun rights group on June 18, Gordon and Buchanan have not yet heard back from the NRA, spokespeople for the governor and the secretary of state told the Casper Star-Tribune.
The letter cites the state’s lack of taxes and gun regulations as reasons why Wyoming would suit the NRA.
“We have no corporate tax, no personal income tax, no franchise tax and no gross receipts tax,” the letter read. “We have permitless carry, the castle doctrine, anti-financial discrimination laws, permitless purchase and possession for rifles, shotguns and handguns, no registration requirements and several other pro-Second Amendment laws on the books,” it continued.
Guns are widely popular in Wyoming, and the Legislature has pushed multiple bills in the recent past designed to ease gun rules to an even greater degree. Most recently, the Joint Agriculture Committee brought back a controversial gun rights bill with little warning shortly before the committee adjourned, causing criticism.
The bill, the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SF 81), would have prevented state agents from enforcing any federal law or regulation that restricts one’s right to carry firearms. It cleared the Senate before failing in the House.
The NRA has already chosen Texas as a partial new home as the group moves from Fairfax, Virginia.
Texas officials lauded their state’s gun-friendly climate to the NRA as well.
The NRA tried to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy after the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against the organization alleging years of fraudulent use of the NRA’s funds by its executives. The NRA has long been incorporated in the Empire State.
The move to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy paused pending litigation. However, a federal judge in May dismissed the bankruptcy attempt, concluding that the group did not file in good faith.