Wyoming Police Chief advocates for bill that would criminalize booby traps

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.

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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