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  • LIVE THREAD: June 7, 2016, Primary Elections -- Get out the vote!

    06/07/2016 1:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 248 replies
    US Presidential Election News-- 2016 ^ | US Presidential Election News
    Tuesday, June 7th primaries California – 546 delegates Montana – 27 delegates New Jersey – 142 delegates New Mexico – 43 delegates South Dakota – 25 delegates North Dakota – D Caucus – 25 D delegates
  • Montana's Zinke Trump's vp

    One term GOP Representative from a State in fly over country. Thinking he's just feeling good after meeting Mr. Trump. I didn't vote for him in primary but did in general in 2014, he's far to liberal for my taste...
  • Two more Bear Spray Failures in Montana

    11/12/2015 4:50:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Bear spray is a useful tool that can help protect humans and bears in limited circumstances.  It seems that if a bear is not serious about mauling, killing, and/or eating the human, the spray can convince a bear to stop investigating the human and leave them alone.  But the ability of spray to stop bears bent on attack is far less certain.  Here are two more cases where bear spray failed and bullets were necessary.  From A lone female grizzly bear reportedly surprised a man hunting elk at Big Creek north of Gardiner on Oct. 28. The hunter...
  • Monument Avenue, in Richmond, Virginia

    06/25/2015 9:34:52 AM PDT · by central_va · 17 replies
    wiki ^ | 6/25/15 | wiki
    Monument Avenue, in Richmond, Virginia, is a premier example of the Grand American Avenue city planning style. The first monument, a statue of Robert E. Lee, was erected in 1890. Between 1900 and 1925, Monument Avenue exploded with architecturally significant houses, churches and apartment buildings. A tree-lined grassy mall divides the east- and westbound sides of the street and is punctuated by statues memorializing Virginian Confederate participants of the Civil War Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Matthew Fontaine Maury, as well as Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native and international tennis star.
  • MT: Denied a Jury Trial, Man found Guilty of "Illegal" Grizzly Killings with a .22

    04/10/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case in Montana, a man, Dan Calvert Wallen, who shot three grizzly bears who were repeatedly raiding his property and killing his chickens, was denied a trial by jury, and convicted by the judge of illegally "taking" an unlawful species.  The penalty for each offense is up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine. What is clear to anyone that studies bear problems, is that these were problem bears, and would have to be dealt with sooner or later.   The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks service had attempted to trap the bears but had failed...
  • MT: Forensic Evidence doesn't match story. Result: Homicide Charges

    04/05/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, in May of 2013, James George Stiffler shot a man who was burglarizing his home in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The burglar, Henry Tomas Johnson of Helena, managed to make it to his car, but died before being able to leave the property. The case illustrates the ability of forensic science to determine details of what happened. From Henry Thomas Johnson, 37, of Helena, was shot dead in 2013 while apparently ransacking a home in Lewis and Clark County. Nearly two years later, the county attorney has charged homeowner James George Stiffler with felony...
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry

    03/30/2015 4:53:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry, HB 298.   It seems that he did so on Friday the 27th of March.  He did not give a good reason for the veto; he simply applied the "we require a permit for everything else" excuse.  Perhaps we need to rethink this excessive requirement for permission from the state before we engage in our daily lives.  Five states have constitutional carry, and there is no evidence that it causes any problems.  Governor Bullock recommended that the gun muffler reform in HB 250 be improved to include all legal hunting.  It...
  • MT: Utility Company Lobbies against Gun Reform Referendum

    03/22/2015 10:17:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     John S. Fitzpatrick, NorthWestern Energy NorthWestern Energy is a publicly regulated utility that supplies electricity, natural gas, and has coal and telecommunications operations across a broad swath of Northern states.  The company lobbyist, John S. Fitzpatrick, recently testified against a proposed bill to allow a gun reform referendum to be voted on in Montana.  Referendum that enhance the protections of the right to keep and bear arms have proven popular in a number of states.  The referendum would allow people to sue government entities that infringe on their rights to keep and bear arms under the Montana Constitution.  One...
  • MT: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Bullock

    03/21/2015 5:15:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana legislature has passed a constitutional carry bill to bring the last .6% of the state into harmony with the rest of the state.  HB 298 will make the legal conditions for the carry of firearms the same inside unmarked city boundaries as outside of those unmarked boundaries.  The bill passed the Senate 28 to 21.  It passed the House 56 to 43.  The Governor of Montana is a Democrat, Steve Bullock.  It remains to be seen if Governor Bullock will do the same as Governor Tomblin of West Virginia, and veto a popular bill when he sees...
  • MT: Legislative Goals for MSSA for 2015

    12/30/2014 4:00:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana Shooting Sports Association has published its legislative goals for the coming year.  They are worth looking at because they show the long term view and commitment that exemplify many of the state level organizations.  Here is a link to the facebook page that has the goals listed:  MSSA Legislative goals.    These are bills that MSSA has been pushing/refining for some time.  The links with each item lead to a bill that was in the 2013 legislature.  The bills will likely change a little in 2015, but the substance will be the same.   MSSA has given me...
  • Pro Gun Candidate Questions Late-Night Turnaround In Montana’s Hd 94 Race

    11/28/2014 3:45:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 November, 2014 | Gary Marbut
    Voter Fraud AmmoLand Gun News MISSOULA, MONT. --( Independent House District 94 candidate Gary Marbut has filed a lawsuit in Missoula District Court questioning county-created ballots posted late on election night that turned the election in favor of his opponent.In question are two small posts totaling 192 votes that were applied to the HD 94 race, at 11 PM on election night and 2 AM the next morning, that changed the outcome of the race. Two professional statisticians have examined this data and assert that there is less than a .00017% chance that these late ballots came from the same...
  • Four Bear Shooting Incidents in Montana

    11/04/2014 4:38:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the past week, four bears were shot in claimed bear attacks in Montana.   There are few details at this time.  The black bear shooting has been ruled self defense, while the three grizzly shootings are still under investigation.  It does not appear that any of the shooters were hurt, so all four gun uses appear to have been effective.  No bear spray was reported used at this time.   In this article, the grizzly shooting is still under investigation, while the black bear shooting has been ruled self defense. The grizzly was shot and killed in a remote area...
  • Gary Marbut is Running in Montana

    11/01/2014 5:46:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    For those of you who do not know Gary Marbut, I can tell you about him.  He is an activist who believes in the what he is doing, and he believes in restoring limits on government power.   He is smart, dedicated, and a visionary.    I wish that we had a hundred or a thousand of him running in Arizona.  Maybe there are in the rest of the country. I know of him as a second amendment activist.   He is personally responsible for most of the reform that has been done in Montana firearms law.   He virtually created the Montana...
  • Details of Bear Spray/Handgun Defense case in Glacier Park

    10/16/2014 1:51:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 July, 2014, 57-year-old Brian D. Murphy defended himself against a charging grizzly in Glacier National Park.  The case is interesting for a number of reasons.  Two months after the attack, Murphy was charged with discharging a firearm in Glacier Park, a misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine.   On 9 October, a motion to dismiss the charge was put forward by the U.S. Attorney's Office after Murphy's attorney said that they would raise the  defense of self-defense.    Judge Keith Strong granted the motion last Thursday.  From The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dismissed the charge against 57-year-old Brian...
  • MT:Billings Gun Auction to Save Assets

    07/23/2014 12:07:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Billings Montana Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's department are going to auction off a number of guns on Saturday, August 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon.   The stated reason for the auction is the law passed in Montana that requires such assets to be sold to federal firearms dealers (Montana code 46-5-313) rather than be destroyed.   These pictures give us an idea of the assets that are being saved by laws such as these.   Each picture is one lot of guns.  The guns will be auctioned off in lots.    Notice the minty looking Springfield 1903 in the...
  • Boeing fuselages in Montana river after train derails

    07/05/2014 1:58:16 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 69 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 7-5-14 | n/a
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. Nineteen cars on the westbound train derailed. Three of the cars contained aircraft parts and ended up in the Clark Fork River. Boeing said the train was headed from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita to the Boeing final assembly plant in Renton. No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation. Boeing said the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was carrying six 737 fuselages, fuselage panels and a lower lobe for the 777, and a leading edge flight surface for the 747. Boeing says it...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Mountain West)

    05/09/2014 8:39:19 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 94 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MOUNTAIN WEST (Rest of the country is in separate threads and Pacific Coast coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Nevada: NIGER INNIS, NEVADA-4, June 10th .... winner...
  • MT:Sheriff: Corvallis resident who shot intruder was victim

    03/22/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 19 March, 2014 | David Erickson (3) Comments
    CORVALLIS – Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman has released the name of the Missoula man killed Monday morning during an apparent burglary at a private residence between Corvallis and Victor. Tobias Ian Bishop, 39, was shot by the homeowner about 4 a.m. after entering the residence through a window that he had broken. Bishop had a long criminal history and was wanted on a warrant in Flathead County, Hoffman said. Bishop had apparently burglarized at least one other home in the vicinity prior to being shot, and had already gathered several chainsaws and other items near his van. According to...
  • MT:Tester shows true regard for gun rights in Post Office bill committee meeting

    02/08/2014 4:18:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 February, 2014 | David Codrea
    Crowing about a setback for gun rights advocates, the Michael Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action issued a press release Thursday expressing their pleasure that “the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs rejected an NRA-backed measure today that would have allowed concealed, loaded guns to be carried in post offices.” The rejoicing is hardly unexpected, although it is curious for a group spreading the insulting “going postal” myth that they’d be silent on recent news that “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition.” Still, the “victory” for the Bloomberg Moms (BMs) is only...
  • Montana gun law subject of U.S. Supreme Court case

    11/27/2013 2:21:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 25 November, 2013 | MTN news
    "Our lawsuit is designed to challenge the federal Commerce Clause power," Marbut said. "That is, the power given to Congress in the Constitution to regulate commerce among the state's, which has been construed to allow the federal government to prohibit any economic activity within state. And we think that that's a transgression."
  • MT:Shooting In Augusta Results In Death

    10/24/2013 8:03:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 23 October | Darryl L. Flowers
    A shooting in the Dearborn River Canyon area Friday afternoon resulted in the death of a Great Falls man who had a cabin in the area. Timothy B. Newman, 53, was shot in what has been described as an ongoing dispute over property access. (snip) According to the Sheriff, who has not yet released the name of the shooter, there is no evidence that the shooting was a homicide, but was instead self defense. The investigation into the tragedy is continuing, according to Dutton.
  • Number of Montanans with concealed weapon permits doubles

    10/16/2013 6:07:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 October, 2013 | AP
    BOZEMAN — The number of Montana residents with concealed weapons permits has more than doubled since 2008.
  • MT:Coroner identifies man killed in alleged home invasion

    05/24/2013 7:22:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 May, 2013 | Sanjay Talwani
    The apparent home intruder who died Wednesday after being shot by the homeowner has been identified as Henry Thomas Johnson III, 37, of Helena. Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson said Johnson died Wednesday from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Patrol Capt. Jason Grimmis of the Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office said dispatchers received a 911 call at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday from the homeowner at 4276 Canyon Ferry Road, near the intersection with Ranger Drive. The homeowner reported arriving home to find a suspicious car at the residence, and then entered the residence and encountered the...
  • Explosives stolen from Forest Service facility near Red Lodge

    05/01/2013 10:10:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies ^ | 5/1/13
    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) are asking for help from the public in gathering information about the theft of approximately 559 pounds of high explosives from a USFS explosives bunker located near Red Lodge. A press release from the ATF says that in April 2013, someone used forced entry to get into an explosives storage facility owned and operated by the U. S. Forest Service. The storage facility is located approximately two miles south of the City of Red Lodge.
  • Progressives Supporting ‘Mayors For Illegal Guns’ is a Great Joke

    04/22/2013 8:12:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 23 April, 2013 | Gary Marbut
    Montana --( Sunday, April 21st 2013, “progressives” (euphemism for statist liberals) ran large display ads apparently in all major Montana newspapers claiming that 79% of Montanans want more federal gun control. This humorous number becomes even funnier when it is attributed IN THE AD to “Mayors for Illegal Guns” (Yes, “FOR.” Check your copy). A curious person might ask, why would any mayors be FOR illegal guns in the first place? And, which specific Montana mayors are FOR illegal guns? Another curious person might ask why a group pushing more gun control would cite a “poll” from another group that...
  • Billings woman fends off intruder using gun

    04/16/2013 7:44:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 16 April, 2013 | Greg Tuttle
    Prosecutors say a Billings woman used a gun to fend off an intruder who forced his way inside her home through a back door. The man was later arrested and is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on a $100,000 bond. Travis Bridger Soderberg, 38, has been charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges in District Court next week. According to charging documents, a woman called police shortly after 8 p.m. on April 6 to report an intruder at her home. The woman, identified only by her initials in...
  • Montana Governor Lies About the Constitution, Vetoes 2nd Amendment Protection Bill

    04/04/2013 7:01:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 29 March, 2013 | Michael Boldin
    Here’s a surprise for you; some Governors have absolutely zero understanding of the Constitution. None, whatsoever. Montana Governor Steve Bullock seems to fit that description quite nicely. Yesterday, he vetoed Montana House Bill 302 (HB302). The bill would require the state to refuse to enforce or assist the enforcement of any federal bans on semiautomatic weapons or large capacity magazines. The bill states, in part: A peace officer, state employee, or employee of any political subdivision is prohibited from enforcing, assisting in the enforcement of, or otherwise cooperating in the enforcement of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large...
  • Montana Shooting Sports Association Legislative Update for Friday March 22nd 2013

    03/24/2013 6:57:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 March, 2013 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( A lot of action is happening on MSSA bills right now. The full rundown is below, so I’ll only cite bill numbers for the ones which need your action. Contacting the Governor: You can email Governor Bullock at, or use the message form at If emailing, put the requested action in the shortest possible Subject line, such as “Please approve SB 145.” With either email or Webform, BE NICE. You may say you feel strongly, but do not threaten or browbeat. Keep your email or Webform body to three short sentences (one short sentence would...
  • Mont. Senate ok's concealed carry without permit

    03/23/2013 8:29:19 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 22 March, 2013 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit is shooting toward passage after receiving the Senate's initial endorsement.
  • Montana Senate panel takes up pro-gun measures passed by House

    03/08/2013 5:15:00 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 6 March, 2013 | AP
    HELENA – A pair of pro-gun measures approved by the Montana House hit the Senate on Wednesday, including one that would prohibit local authorities from enforcing any federal ban on semi-automatic weapons. That bill and another to allow hunters to use silencers or sound suppressors on firearms received a favorable reception among members of the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, though the panel did not take immediate action on either bill.
  • MT:Whitefish shooting: Woman released, likely acted in self-defense, chief says

    02/06/2013 10:04:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 4 February, 2013 | AP
    KALISPELL — Police in Whitefish continue to investigate a weekend shooting death while the woman who reportedly told neighbors she shot her boyfriend has been released from custody.
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 4 January, 2013 | TRISTAN SCOTT
    COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights. Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. He is most concerned...
  • New firearms maker opens high-tech facility(MT)

    11/25/2012 4:48:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies ^ | 24 November, 2012 | MELISSA WALTHER
    When it comes to high-end weapons, there's a new company in town that's changing the way people think about rifles. Founded in 2010, Proof Research of Kalispell specializes in creating lightweight, accurate weapons using carbon-fiber barrels and stocks unlike anything else on the market. “Large gun manufacturers know we have the technology and we're being courted by some big names,” said Pat Rainey, chief executive officer of Proof Research. “We've changed the gun industry, just like the polymer pistol did. The cool factor of our weapons is off the page.” Joining forces in the Flathead While Proof Research may only...
  • Effort afoot to allow guns on Montana college campuses

    11/04/2012 6:35:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 4 November, 2012 | MARTIN KIDSTON
    While some argue that the state’s policies work just fine, as evidenced by the lack of problems reported by campus police, Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, stands among gun rights advocates who believe that the Board of Regents has no authority to ban firearms on campus. Marbut argues that current laws leave students and faculty vulnerable to others with ill intentions. He says the time has come to revisit Montana law as it pertains to firearms on campus. “I think people tend to agree with us, pretty generally, that the Montana Constitution doesn’t give the Board...
  • Reported trespasser shot at Logan residence(MT)

    10/27/2012 6:33:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 26 October, 2012 | Erin Schattauer
    LOGAN - A man was shot after reportedly trespassing at home near Logan this morning. At around 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 911 received a call from the Trailways Bus Company from someone who said that a man had become disorderly on the bus and had been dropped off near mile post 282 on Interstate 90. Then, at around 5:22 a.m., the 911 center received a call from a residence on Carpenter Lane near Logan of a criminal trespass in progress. Minutes later, 911 received a second call from the same residence from someone calling to report that that trespasser...
  • Montana's Castle Doctrine and the Case of Brice Harper

    10/24/2012 6:33:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | 24 October, 2012 | NA
    By Reason Foundation, Wed, October 24, 2012 Critics of "castle doctrine" laws are blaming Montana's for the decision not to prosecute Brice Harper, who shot and killed Dan Fredenberg last month during a confrontation over Harper's affair with Fredenberg's wife. But as with the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, it is not clear why the legal provisions cited by the law's detractors are relevant. According to Harper, an enraged (but unarmed) Fredenburg charged into the garage at Harper's home in Kalispell on the night of September 22 "like he was on a mission." In an October 9 letter explaining why...
  • Kalispell shooting victim's family shocked by 'castle doctrine'(MT)

    10/11/2012 4:02:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 154 replies ^ | 10 October, 2012 | Tristan Scott
    KALISPELL – Family members of a Kalispell man who was shot and killed during a confrontation on another man’s property are reacting with shock and anger to news that the shooter is protected under Montana’s “castle doctrine” laws, while prosecutors in the state say they’ve become increasingly hamstrung by a piece of 2009 legislation that makes it more difficult to charge cases in which self-defense issues are raised. The Sept. 22 shooting death of 40-year-old Dan Fredenberg occurred inside the garage of Brice Harper, who had reportedly drawn Fredenberg’s ire after becoming romantically involved with the man’s wife. On the...
  • Montana rancher shoots black bear that broke into home

    08/30/2012 8:15:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 29 August, 2012 | AP
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A Montana rancher shot and killed a black bear that scaled a tall fence and broke into his house to rummage for food this week along the Rocky Mountain Front.
  • Authorities say hitchhiker shot himself (MT)

    06/18/2012 7:36:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Matthew Brown, AP
    A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday. Valley County sheriff’s officials said they believe 39-year-old Ray Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details.
  • A look at defense law in Montana

    03/29/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Drew Trafton
    BILLINGS- Even in Montana, more than 2,000 miles away from Florida, the controversial shooting death of 17-year- old Trayvon Martin is sparking debate via social media. Much of the debate is centered around the self defense law, popularly known as Castle Doctrine-- which allows a resident to protect their self and property, which is being touted as a justification for the shooting. Clearly, many of the details which will tell the full story of that tragic event have yet to be released. But as the debate rages on closer to home, it raises the question of what defense law states...
  • Right To Bear Arms week observed in Montana

    03/10/2012 8:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Evan Weborg
    The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and this week has been set aside to observe the Treasure State's second amendment rights. Helena Trap Club president Steve Noland says the second amendment is one of the foundations the state of Montana was built on. Noland says it is very important for people to stay active and to join organizations like the National Rifle Association as well as support their activities so that second amendment rights are preserved. Noland noted, "If you look at the history of the wars that we have been involved...
  • Cowboy fantasies on a ranch in Montana

    02/05/2012 6:21:51 AM PST · by Dysart · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-5-2012 | Ian Henderson
    Imagine you're a 12-year-old girl[or POTUS]. Ponies and clothes are your favourite things. You've just been shopping and you're wearing your new cowboy boots, new jeans, a blue checked shirt and a real cowboy hat. You've had breakfast – blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon, just the way you like them – and now you're walking across a sunlit meadow, filled with gently grazing ponies. You're feeling pretty good. A tall cowboy with a slow drawl asks if you'd care to help him round up the ponies into the corral so you say yes, as casually as you can. The...
  • Gun owners pay top dollar for Polson woodworker's custom creations(MT)

    12/19/2011 4:43:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Missoulian
    POLSON — It’s a highly specialized business, carving rifle and shotgun stocks out of blocks of walnut and maple and then custom-fitting them to each gun and gun owner. Kelly Clairmont said there are maybe 100 people in the United States who do it for a living. “And four of them are right here in Polson,” he said. And all four of them got their starts with Bob James, a longtime custom stock maker in Polson. The others eventually formed their own company, S&S Plus, while Clairmont in 2009 bought out James’ business, which is now called Montana Custom Guns,...
  • NRA endorsement up for grabs in Montana's Senate race

    11/21/2011 11:05:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 20 November, 2011 | Peter Sullivan
    The endorsement of a powerful gun-rights group is up for grabs in a key Senate race. The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) decision on whether to endorse Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) or Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.) could be the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest. Political analysts say that the winner of this election could determine which party will control the Senate in January of 2013. Tester and Rehberg have strong gun rights voting records. The NRA gives Tester an A grade and Rehberg an A+. A Montana State University-Billings poll released earlier...
  • Complaint Against Montana Shooting Sports Association President Dismissed

    07/16/2011 7:23:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 15 July, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( You may remember that following the 2009 legislative session, Helena Mayor and lobbyist for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA), Jim Smith, filed a complaint against me with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (CPP). In that complaint, Smith alleged that I had violated Montana law by illegally lobbying the Legislature without having been registered as a lobbyist with the CPP. I responded that I was merely exercising my First Amendment rights to speak to legislators and to you. Montana law requires people to register as lobbyists if they are paid to influence the Legislature...
  • Tester Behind by 2 in MT Poll

    06/22/2011 12:03:08 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 8 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/22/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Jon Tester, a farmer from Montana, very narrowly won that state's Senate contest in 2006 against long time incumbent Republican Conrad Burns. Tester played up his blue-collar background, even using fingers lost in a farming accident as an endearing tool. In the end, Tester squeaked by by less than 3,000 votes in the Democratic wave year. Now his re-election bid appears to be in some trouble. Tester is still not terribly popular in the state, and faces a tough re-election challenge from the GOP. Tester's potential opponent is Denny Rehberg, the sole representative in Congress from the state. Rehberg also...
  • 9th Circuit judges asked: 'Will you choose tyranny?'

    06/11/2011 9:55:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10 June, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Montanans protecting their state's Firearms Freedom Act have filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking whether the judges there will choose a "tyrannical" Washington or a federal government restrained by the Constitution. Quoting Alexander Hamilton's statement that the federalism system was intended to suppress "attempts of the government to establish tyranny," the brief filed by the Montana Shooting Sports Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and MSSA President Gary Marbut of Missoula states: "The government may argue that it is not, in its current incarnation, tyrannical. The national government usually abides by the law, typically protects its...
  • Briefs Filed in MSSA v. Holder AKA – Montana Firearms Freedom Act

    06/10/2011 6:20:16 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 9 June, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( Briefs are getting filed in MSSA v. Holder before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is MSSA’s lawsuit to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. This a challenge to federal power asserted under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to regulate every human (and non-human) activity under the guise of regulating “commerce … among the several states.” As more briefs become available, we will continue to post them at the link below. Appellants (those of us appealing the adverse decision of the federal District Court) include MSSA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and...
  • No charges to be filed against Ronan-area man who shot grizzly(MT)

    05/24/2011 5:23:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 23 May, 2011 | VINCE DEVLIN
    RONAN - No charges will be filed against a Ronan-area landowner who shot and killed a female grizzly bear that had killed chickens on May 14. It was one of two grizzlies killed in Montana that weekend. Pablo Espinoza, chief of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fish and Game Department, said Monday that authorities determined the death of the grizzly was a justifiable self-defense shooting. The bear had been on the man's property earlier in the day and was shot when it returned. Tribal officials are encouraging landowners who have, or could have, similar problems with bears to attend...
  • Prosecutor: No charges in fatal alley shooting(MT)

    05/21/2011 7:39:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 May, 2011 | GREG TUTTLE
    A Billings woman involved in a fatal gunfight in a South Side alley last year will not be charged, according to Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito. In a letter this week to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, Twito said an extensive investigation into the shooting death of 19-year-old Arthur Mario Santos Banda on Nov. 13 supports the claim of self-defense made by the 24-year-old woman. The woman, identified only by the initials S.M., told investigators that she was standing in the rear entry of her residence at 515 S. 35th St. when she fired a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol numerous...