I was on the phone the other day with Jan Billeb, the executive director of AKTI (American Knife and Tool Institute) www.akti.org asking her where to find our state statutes in Wyoming. This is a fine non-profit organization that works to protect our rights to carry and use knives in our daily lives. As we were talking, she mentioned that the Wyoming laws were good examples of how the organization would like to see other laws written around the country. The laws here emphasize that weapons are based on the “intent” of use, not that they are inherently bad. Here is language I found in the Wyoming Statutes:
Here is an example of the language in Wyoming statutes:
Description of Terms from Wyoming State Statutes
(iv) “Deadly weapon” means but is not limited to a firearm, explosive or incendiary material, motorized vehicle, an animal or other device, instrument, material or substance, which in the manner it is used or is intended to be used is reasonably capable of producing death or serious bodily injury;
6-8-103. Possession, manufacture or disposition of deadly weapon with unlawful intent; penalties.
A person who knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs or sells a deadly weapon with intent to unlawfully threaten the life or physical well-being of another or to commit assault or inflict bodily injury on another is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or both.