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  • 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...
  • FWP: Bear shot near Missoula case of "self defense"(MT)

    05/17/2011 5:23:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 16 May, 2011 | NA
    State officials say that a Missoula man shot a grizzly bear in self defense Sunday in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area near Seeley Lake. Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks states in a press release that a female grizzly bear with two cubs surprised the man shortly after noon. The man first hollered at the bear, but the bear continued to advance toward him. When the bear approached to within eight yards, the man shot and wounded the bear. The man attempted to leave the scene, but the bear chased him, and the man then fired a second shot at five yards,...
  • Schweitzer continues veto spree with 15 more(MT,Constitutional Carry)

    05/11/2011 4:53:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 10 May, 2011 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a gun-rights bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit in Montana cities.
  • Flash – Governor vetoes permitless carry inside cities(MT)

    05/11/2011 1:34:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    MSSA ^ | 11 May, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got a call from the Associated Press wanting comment on the Governor’s veto of HB 271, to allow concealed carry without a permit inside city limits. According to the AP, the Governor vetoed 15 bills today, including HB 271. I told the AP something like, “It’s too bad the Governor sees people who are inside city limits as second-class citizens, and not as trustworthy as their country cousins who live outside cities. This does call into question the Governor’s longtime claim that he’s pro-gun.” I expect the Governor’s veto message (when it becomes available) to say that HB...
  • Bills on the Governor’s desk(MT Constitutional Carry)

    04/30/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 30 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    There are three MSSA bills on Governor Brian Schweitzer’s desk. The Governor needs messages asking him to sign these bills. You can phone messages to the Governor’s office at 444-3111, or you can email the Governor at: I doubt that the Governor’s staff are actually reading the text of emails, so be sure to put what you want in the Subject line, such as “Please sign HB XX.” Here are the bills. HB 159, to prevent FWP from regulating ammunition. We asked for this bill because of FWP’s ill-conceived proposal last year to ban lead shot for upland game...
  • FLASH – permitless carry passes Senate 30-20(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:06:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s permitless carry bill, HB 271, has passed the Senate with a vote of 30-20. More properly said, the Senate has concurred in the conference committee report on HB 271 by a vote of 30-20. The conference committee version only affects concealed carry INSIDE the city limits of an incorporated city or town. Concealed carry outside city limits (99.4% of Montana) has not required a permit since 1991. Open carry inside city limits has never required a permit in Montana. The CC version of HB 271 allows a person to carry concealed (“wholly or partially covered by clothing or wearing...
  • URGENT – Suppressor bill, HB 174(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:01:08 PM PDT · by marktwain
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s bill to repeal the archaic firearm suppressor law criminalizing possession of a suppressor in the “field or forest,” HB 174, was sprung from the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a “blast” motion, a motion to override an adverse committee report. Senator Chas Vincent made and defended the motion (thanks Chas!!) All Democrats voted against the motion except for Senator Blewett (for), and all Republicans voted for the motion except for Senators Moore, Ripley and Tutvedt (they were against). The final vote was 26-24 – a squeaker. HB 174 will be up for Second Reading maybe this afternoon (Wednesday) at...
  • Home Stretch – final push needed(Montana Constitutional Carry)

    04/19/2011 7:20:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    MSSA ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    Home Stretch – final push needed April 18, 2011 The Legislature will adjourn this coming week. We have several bills in some sort of limbo that need a final push. Here’s the wrap-up. HB 271, permitless carry. Senate concurrence with the conference committee report will come before the Senate on Second Reading tomorrow (Monday). See my previous email about HB 271. All senators need to be urged to vote to acceptthe conference committee report on HB 271. SB 371, ammunition component manufacture. SB 371 was amended in the House to restore two incentives for manufacturers that had been stripped in...
  • SB 371 Rerouted(MT ammo components)

    04/09/2011 9:36:08 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 8 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    SB 371, the powder, primer and brass bill has been reassigned to the House Appropriations Committee to review the fiscal consequences of the bill. It is scheduled for a public hearing before Appropriations at 9 AM this morning (Friday). This reassignment caught me off guard or I would have been there. If you want to look at the Fiscal Note attached to SB 371, there is a link to it from the Legislature’s Web page for SB 371 (or HERE). Here is my email from late last night to members of the Appropriations Committee. Gary ===================== Dear Committee Members, I...
  • MT: Montana Permitless Carry Bill to be Voted on by Full House & Senate

    04/08/2011 6:50:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | NRA-ILA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --( NRA-supported House Bill 271, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), passed out of the Conference Committee this morning and anti-gun Senate amendments were stripped out of the bill. In fact, HB 271 was made better than it was as introduced! The current language simply says that the prohibition on concealed carry does not apply to “a person who is eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.” Existing law allows any person who can legally own and possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state, including within...
  • Update from Helenaf(MT)

    04/01/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got back from Helena. I appeared before the House Taxations Committee this morning at 8 AM in support of SB 371, MSSA’s bill to encourage the production of powder, primers and brass in Montana. I asked the Committee to restore two of the three incentives stripped out by the Senate Taxation Committee, the tax breaks and the liability protection. I’m betting that the Committee WILL restore these needed incentives, and that the House will approve SB 371 in that form. Then the trick will be to get the Senate to go along with House amendments. I’ll let you...
  • Montana store resists RadioShack's demand to stop gun giveaway

    04/01/2011 6:06:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Barry Shlachter
    An independent RadioShack store in Montana is standing firm, refusing RadioShack Corp. headquarters' demand to stop giving away a firearm with each satellite dish sale -- a 5-month-old promotion that has proved widely popular and garnered national attention. "Dish sales have tripled since October," when the promotion began, store manager Fabian Levy told the Star-Telegram on Thursday. "We got a call from a man in Texas asking if we knew of a RadioShack store with the same offer where he lives." (The answer is no.) "My phone has been ringing nonstop," Levy said from Hamilton, Mont., 40 miles south of...
  • Legislative update; 3/27(MT)

    03/30/2011 6:05:14 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 28 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    March 28, 2011 Here’s where we are to date: HB 174, suppressors. Still stuck (tabled) in Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators Hutton, , Murphy, Essman and Peterson need messages asking them to spring HB 174. Hutton, Murphy and Peterson all represent rural districts and have been getting messages from poorly-informed ranchers asking them to kill HB 174 to prevent “silent” poaching. The Montana Stockgrowers Association may be softening their opposition given real information about suppressors. I’ll paste below my analysis of opponent’s arguments. BE BRIEF. Legislators have very little time to consider messages. HB 271, permitless carry. Has been passed by...
  • SB 371, powder/primers bill hearing, 3/31, Thursday (MT)

    03/30/2011 5:59:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 30 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s # 2 bill, SB 371, our bill to encourage the manufacture of smokeless powder, primers and cartridge brass in Montana has been scheduled for its public hearing before the House Taxation Committee for Thursday, 3/31, at 8 AM, in room 152 of the State Capitol. Please contact Committee members and ask the to restore to the bill two features removed in the Senate; the tax breaks and the liability protection. come to the hearing if you can. The tax breaks won’t cost Montana anything because there is no such business in Montana now. If such a business starts, it...

    03/29/2011 5:27:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 2011 | MSSA
    (This list downloadable in MSWord, .doc format) 1. Sheriffs First - Law Enforcement Cooperation. Many Montanans, both citizens and people in public office, are concerned about the lack of accountability of federal officers conducting law enforcement operations in Montana. In Montana, we know the county sheriff and he is elected and accountable locally. We believe the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, and ought to have the tools to implement that status. MSSA will offer a bill to require federal officers to obtain the written permission of the local sheriff before conducting an arrest, search, or...