A bill in the Wyoming Legislature that would have allowed employees to keep guns in cars in their employer's parking lot died last week after failing to meet a legislative deadline.

House Bill 78 was sponsored by Rep. Stan Blake [D-Sweetwater County].

Several Republican lawmakers co-sponsored the bill, including Rep. Jared Olsen [R-Laramie County] and Sen. Tara Nethercott [R-Laramie County]. The bill failed to meet a deadline for consideration by the House Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.

The 2020 session of the legislature is a budget session, meaning it is only about four weeks long, compared to roughly eight weeks for a general session. None budget bills require a 2/3 majority vote for introduction. House Bill 78 easily cleared that threshold, with a 57-2 vote in favor of introduction earlier in the 2020 session.