Prosecutor to move forward with UW gun case

Published: Oct. 8, 2019 at 5:38 PM CDT
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Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent says she's moving forward with the prosecution of a Uinta County man who open-carried a gun on the University of Wyoming's campus in 2018.

The Laramie Boomerang reports Trent's office has filed for Albany County Circuit Court Judge Robert Castor to schedule a status conference, the first step in resuming the misdemeanor prosecution that's been on hold for a year.

Trent's decision not to drop the case sets up the potential for the Wyoming Supreme Court to ultimately re-consider whether UW's regulation banning possession of all firearms on campus is compliant with state law.

The defendant, Lyle Williams, was cited for trespassing by UW Police in 2018 after carrying a firearm at the UW Conference Center during last year's convention of the Wyoming Republican Party.

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