Wyoming Liberty Group
by Calvin Thompson
The modern digital age has led to many advances in individual liberty, especially in terms of the Second Amendment. Wyoming Liberty Group has already shown how the up-and-coming technology of 3D printing has been used to make firearm parts, which makes it more difficult for government to regulate guns.
The effort to print firearms has been spearheaded by Defense Distributed, an organization dedicated to creating the first functional, fully 3D-printed weapon. Their technology and designs have become more sophisticated almost by the week, with printed gun parts far more sophisticated now than even a couple of months ago.
Imagine you are a hunter from Florida. You want to come out west to hunt buffalo on your vacation, and you are deciding on a destination. Several states have wild buffalo populations – which would you choose? Would you choose Wyoming, where a license to hunt bison costs $3,038, or would you go a couple hundred miles further north, to Montana, where you could hunt buffalo for almost $1,500 less? If mountain goat was more to your taste, you could save $1,800 if you hunted in Montana instead of Wyoming. If you had your scope on deer, you would have to pay 6.5 times as much in Wyoming than in Montana, and Montana elk are among the cheapest in the US. Why go to Wyoming when you could travel to Montana? With the savings, you could afford a higher-end rifle and a fine scope, or just bag several animals for the Wyoming price of one.
It is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work—work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back.
“We have to prepare for having already fallen off the fiscal cliff.”
Representative Ron Paul, former Republican presidential candidate
In Wyoming, even with a 6.5 percent budget cut, state government spending may still be higher this biennium than last. Creative government math, coupled with spiraling government spending (and looming tax hikes required to pay for it) are sending the state’s economy skidding in auto-mode towards our very own fiscal cliff. It’s time to take a U-turn off the road to disaster.
In 2010, the Wyoming Legislature passed the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act. In 2011, they approved concealed carry without a permit. Before discussing one of the gun issues for the 2013 session—silencers—note the front page of today’s Casper Star Tribune: “Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves.” In brief, a man was drawing a gun, presumably to rob the nail salon, and a customer drew first. The gunman retreated. The Trib editorial board strongly opposed the concealed carry bill two years ago. Of course there’s plenty we don’t know about this recent incident—like whether the armed patron had a now-optional permit or not—but concealed carry has only hit the Trib’s front page with good news like this since the law went into effect in July 2011.
The Japanese Parliament released its 640 page report on the Fukushima disaster on July 5th. It is a scathing and bitter indictment that ranges far beyond just the immediate problems that led up to and followed the massive release of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear power plant following an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Chairman Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa states in his forward:
- Less Bad Doesn’t Mean Good
In Forbes Magazine’s Best States for Business and Careers published in 2010, Wyoming sat in the second-to-worst spot for its regulatory regime and third-to-worst for growth prospects. Regulations hinder growth because they act as barrier to entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic growth. One type of barrier to entrepreneurship is occupational licensing. If the Wyoming government wants to improve growth prospects in the state, it must eliminate arbitrary and irrational licensing requirements.