CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is reviewing an encounter between students and a state senator over an academic project on guns that the students presented at a recent public forum.

Two students say Republican Sen. Anthony Bouchard threatened to use his political influence to fire a professor and end funding for an academic program because he disagreed with their project.

But Bouchard, of Cheyenne, says he never made any such threats.

Bouchard is a freshman senator who formerly ran a Wyoming gun rights organization. He is a member of the Senate Journal and Labor, Health and Social Services committees.

UW Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Chris Boswell says the school is reviewing the incident.