State Rep. Tommy Brann, Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody and Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker testified in Lansing on the need to protect police officers and citizens from pre-set traps that can injure people.

The legislation was inspired by a Wyoming police officer who was injured in February 2017 after jumping over a fence and landing on a plywood sheet with over 100 screws in it.

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Carmody and Becker both testified to the House Law and Justice Committee in support of the legislation, which would make it a felony offense to intentionally set up a device to inflict serious injuries where other people would come in contact with it.

House Bills 5176-5177 remain under consideration of the Law and Justice Committee.

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