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  • MT: Bear Spray Failed, Rifles Worked on Halloween, 2015

    01/04/2018 5:09:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 Janary, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I have not found any other reports of this attack and the defensive use of spray and firearms. This is not unusual. None of the people involved were injured, except for the exposure to bear spray, which did not incapacitate them. This story was published in goHUNT.com on 27 December, 2017. The writer is Jake Purlee. Although not explicitly stated, a comment on Jake's facebook page says the the events recounted occurred two years ago in 2015. Jake and his friends were hunting elk and wolves. They encountered evidence of bears and decided to leave the area. The two...
  • MT: Bear Spray Works; Bear Saved, Hunter Injured

    11/26/2017 5:34:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A hunter who was tracking a wounded elk was attacked by a grizzly. The bear chomped on his hand, then retreated. The hunter had a rifle, but chose to use bear spray instead. He got ready for the bear with the bear spray. The bear came back.The hunter sprayed the bear and himself. The bear retreated. The bear came back. The bear spray was empty. They hunter threw the empty can at the bear.  The bear retreated.Having expended the potential for bear spray defense, the hunter readied his rifle.They bear did not come back. From krtv.com: He put up...
  • MT: Pheasant Hunter Kills Charging Grizzly with 12 Gauge

    11/14/2017 7:11:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 69 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    11 year old Elliot Clark killed this charging grizzly with a shotgun in Alaska in July of 2017.  He used a 12 gauge shotgun. The first shot was ineffective, with bird shot. The second shot was a perfectly placed slug in middle of the nose. The third shot was to the shoulder. It is likely both would have been fatal. There were powder burns on the bears mouth from the third shot. The fourth shot was an insurance shot after the bear was down.In Montana, a few days ago, in early November, 2017, a 60-year-old pheasant hunter shot and...
  • Initial Report From Gallatin County Sheriff Department on "body slam" Incident

    05/26/2017 9:17:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Here is the initial report filed by Gallatin County Sheriff Department deputies, immediately after they responded to the Ben Jacob/Greg Gianforte incident. From gallatinmedia.org:  At 5:08 pm this evening our Deputies responded to Discovery Drive for a reported assault. The text of the initial report to the 911 center follows: -111.068258 +45.653654 21 CALLBK=PH 2 21 M RP STATES HE WAS JUST ASSAULTED BY GREG GIANFORTE STATES THAT GREG BODY SLAMMED HIM AND KNOCKED HIS ARM Recommend Unit Command opened on event S1705240107 RP HAS A RECORDING OF THE INCIDENT ON HIS PHONE STATES IT HAPPENED AT THE CAMPAIGN...
  • Victories on Knife Rights in Montana and Georgia

    05/23/2017 5:45:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 22 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Knives are arms protected by the Second Amendment. In American history, knives have been banned as often, perhaps more so, than firearms have.The concealed carry of knives have been banned, along with firearms. The possession and carry of knives have been regularily banned and forbidden by the states. In Montana, Constitutional carry for knives was achieved on 21 April, 2017.Montana law treated knives with a blade of more than 4 inches the same as firearms in their concealed carry statute. It is legal to carry concealed weapons in most of Montana, without a permit, except inside city limits.  The...
  • Montana Democrats Vote Against Bill Banning Sharia Law, Call It ‘Repugnant’

    04/01/2017 2:17:28 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Mar 2017 | BEN KEW
    Democrats in Montana have opposed a bill banning the use of foreign law in its state courts on the grounds that such legislation would target Muslims. Senate Bill 97, introduced by Keith Regier (R-Kalispell) bans the application of foreign law in Montana’s courts, with the debate particularly focused on Sharia Law, a form of Islamic law typically used in the Middle East. Although the bill passed on party lines by 56-44, Democrats claimed it was designed to target Muslim communities. “I think it sends a dangerous message to minority groups both here living in our state and wanting to come...
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry, again

    02/24/2017 5:02:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | February 24, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry again. This year,2017, it was HB 262. Bullock vetoed the bill on Thursday afternoon, the 22nd of February. In an nbcmontana.com article, Governor Bullock stated that allowing individuals to decide whether they are eligible to carry concealed weapons is absurd: Bullock noted in his veto letter that he had rejected two bills identical to Harris' measure in past sessions. The governor says the idea of allowing individuals to decide for themselves whether they are eligible to carry concealed weapons is absurd. Governor Bullock did not mention that in Montana, individuals can...
  • MT: Constitutional Carry Sent to MT Governor for Third Time

    02/19/2017 3:34:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Montana has "permitless" or Constitutional carry, for areas outside of city and town limits, which is more than 99% of the state.  Bills to extend Constitutional carry to the entire state have passed the legislature three times. The first time was in 2011. Democrat Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed HB 271, and the legislature was not able to override the veto. The second time was in 2015. Democrat Governor Steve Bullock vetoed HB 298. The third time happened on February 15, 2017. The Senate passed HB 262, which will now go to Governor Bullock again. HB 262 passed the house...
  • MT: AG makes Decision: Missoula Gun Control "Unconstitutional"

    01/29/2017 5:40:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, the City Council of Missoula voted to pass an ordinance that required that anyone wishing to transfer a privately owned firearm must do so through a Federal Firearms dealer.  There were a couple of exceptions for family members and at shooting ranges. Many said at the time said the ordinance was a violation of Montana law, and was illegal.  The City Attorney claimed that the law was legal. The AG of the state, Tim Fox, stated a personal opinion, at the time the law passed, that the law was not legal or Constitutional.  Now AG Fox has...
  • Missoula, Montana Highlights the Inanity of “Universal Background Checks”

    11/03/2016 6:33:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 10/31/2016 | Robert Farago
    “Universal background checks” are the Holy Grail of the civilian disarmament movement. No surprise there. Under the system, all private firearm sales and transfers must go through an FBI background check from a federally licensed firearm (FFL) dealer. The government then has a paper record of every firearm sale between private individuals and those initiated by FFL dealers, including the firearm type and the buyer’s and seller’s name, address and ethnic identity. Which is why UBC opponents call UBC’s “universal gun registration” — enabling as they do the possibility of government gun confiscation/prohibition. Even if you reject that slippery slope...
  • MT: Bear Spray Failure or Bear Spray Success?

    10/24/2016 6:42:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Another grizzly bear attack in Montana.  A man was mauled. It sounds like he sprayed the bear with pepper spray while being mauled, but that is a bit unclear. From kbzk.com: The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports a man suffered bites to the head, shoulder and wrist after being attacked by a grizzly bear north of Whitefish on Sunday. (snip) He was able to use pepper spray against the bear during the attack, which caused the bear to flee back toward the direction from where it charged. It is possible that the dogs were part of...
  • Bear Spray Failure in Montana (video)

    10/11/2016 3:30:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Another documented bear spray failure.  In this case the victim chose to use bear spray instead of the pistol he had with him.  It is an interesting contrast with Kim Woodman, who was also charged by a sow grizzly with cubs.  Kim had a 10 mm pistol, a Glock model 20.  He stopped the charging grizzly at almost contact distance. Kim only had 30 yards to react.  Todd says the grizzly charged him from 80 yards off. Link to video From Todd's facebook post:  I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully...
  • 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 kxlo-clcm.com: 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 helenair.com: 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...