New federal rules affecting gunsmiths

Dear MSSA Friends,

You may have heard some scuttlebutt about new federal rules that threaten to put most gunsmiths out of business. There is real fire here, not just smoke.

MSSA is waiting for some of the dust to settle from this recent federal announcement that broadly redefines “manufacturing” of firearms for expensive licensing and control by the US State Department under the DDTC. Once there is more clarity about what this new federal move means and what remedial action is needed, I’ll let you know. Basically it’s looking like a choice between seeking congressional action and filing a federal lawsuit.

Meanwhile, I’ve posted about this issue before. See what I posted about this in 2009 at:
http://progunleaders.org/DDTC/

Read this article carefully for a more thorough understanding of the problem. This looming problem got much worse about ten days ago with the release of new federal rules that include any machining of or improving of a firearm as an included, licensed and regulated activity by the US State Department (yes, really).

See the recent NRA release about this at:
https://www.nraila.org/articles/20160727/just-in-time-for-his-party-s-convention-obama-administration-releases-latest-executive-gun-control

It’s important to our RKBA that you understand this and how the federal government occupies even more monopolostic control over the supply of new firearms in the US, so please follow these two links above and read up on this federal move. Once the dust settles a bit, I’ll get back to you about what look like the most promising remedies.

Some of the measures MSSA has gotten enacted in Montana, or has tried to get enacted, would have the potential to interdict or buffer this federal overreach, including the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (which the US Supreme Court declined to consider in MSSA’s validating lawsuit), our Sheriffs First bill, and our bill to prohibit state and local public employees in Montana from enforcing or helping to enforce new federal gun control laws. That’s why MSSA needs your membership and continued support to erect a barrier of state law to protect us from the runaway federal monster, such as with this recent federal move that could eliminate most gunsmiths.

Best wishes,

--   Gary Marbut, president  Montana Shooting Sports Association  http://www.mtssa.org  Author, Gun Laws of Montana  http://www.mtpublish.com

New federal rules affecting gunsmiths

Dear MSSA Friends,

 

You may have heard some scuttlebutt about new federal rules that threaten to put most gunsmiths out of business. There is real fire here, not just smoke.

 

MSSA is waiting for some of the dust to settle from this recent federal announcement that broadly redefines “manufacturing” of firearms for expensive licensing and control by the US State Department under the DDTC. Once there is more clarity about what this new federal move means and what remedial action is needed, I’ll let you know. Basically it’s looking like a choice between seeking congressional action and filing a federal lawsuit.

 

Meanwhile, I’ve posted about this issue before. See what I posted about this in 2009 at:
http://progunleaders.org/DDTC/

 

Read this article carefully for a more thorough understanding of the problem. This looming problem got much worse about ten days ago with the release of new federal rules that include any machining of or improving of a firearm as an included, licensed and regulated activity by the US State Department (yes, really).

 

See the recent NRA release about this at:
https://www.nraila.org/articles/20160727/just-in-time-for-his-party-s-convention-obama-administration-releases-latest-executive-gun-control

 

It’s important to our RKBA that you understand this and how the federal government occupies even more monopolostic control over the supply of new firearms in the US, so please follow these two links above and read up on this federal move. Once the dust settles a bit, I’ll get back to you about what look like the most promising remedies.

 

Some of the measures MSSA has gotten enacted in Montana, or has tried to get enacted, would have the potential to interdict or buffer this federal overreach, including the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (which the US Supreme Court declined to consider in MSSA’s validating lawsuit), our Sheriffs First bill, and our bill to prohibit state and local public employees in Montana from enforcing or helping to enforce new federal gun control laws. That’s why MSSA needs your membership and continued support to erect a barrier of state law to protect us from the runaway federal monster, such as with this recent federal move that could eliminate most gunsmiths.

 

Best wishes,

 


Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

MSSA endorses Gianforte for Governor

NEWS RELEASE

GUN OWNERS ENDORSE GIANFORTE FOR GOVERNOR

(for immediate release, July 26, 2016)

MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), the primary political advocate for gun owners in Montana, today announced its endorsement of Greg Gianforte, candidate for Governor of Montana.

MSSA President Gary Marbut said, “Gianforte is clearly the best candidate to occupy the Governor’s Office for the next four years. Greg would sign the pro-gun bills that current Governor Bullock has vetoed, which MSSA and Montana gun owners worked so hard to get through the past two sessions of the Montana Legislature. Montana gun owners have been stonewalled long enough by an incumbent governor who doesn’t truly believe in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as an unalienable human right that the people have reserved to themselves from government interference.”

MSSA has now gotten 67 pro-gun and pro-hunting bills passed and enacted, including putting the right to hunt and fish into the Montana Constitution, Montana’s current concealed weapon permit law, and many others. (Partial list at: http://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=2)

“Gianforte is an active hunter, a committed gun owner, and an active shooter,” Marbut continued. “He is genuine and exactly the kind of guy Montana needs to occupy the Governor’s Office in Helena.”

MSSA evaluates candidates based on political history and returned candidate questionnaires. Neither Democrat Steve Bullock nor Libertarian Ted Dunlap returned MSSA’s 2016 Governor’s Candidate Questionnaire. The Questionnaire was sent to the email address the candidates provided when they filed for office. Republican Gianforte completed and returned the Questionnaire, and Bullock has a political history upon which to base an evaluation. Bullock’s history includes his vetoes of multiple pro-gun bills passed by the Legislature at the request of MSSA and Montana gun owners.

MSSA has an assertive legislative agenda planned for the 2017 session of the Legislature, as expressed in MSSA’s 2016 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire.

(See: http://progunleaders.org/cq2016/MSSA%202016%20Legis%20CQ.html)

Marbut commented, “The proposed bills referenced in this Questionnaire will advance the rights of Montana gun owners, and improve public policy. Getting such bills enacted into law will depend on having a sympathetic governor, since Governor Bullock has already vetoed several of them at least once.”

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Information: Gary Marbut, 406-549-1252


Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

Elisa is on the road

Dear MSSA Friends,
Elisa is now on the road for her two-month MSSA member recruitment tour of Montana.  When she is in your area, it would be great if you could invite her to a gathering of your gunny friends – a coffee, a lunch, or whatever.
Elisa will post her general travel schedule at mtssa.org so you can learn when she will be in your area.  See:
If you can put a gathering together, shoot Elisa an email at elisa@mtssa.org to coordinate time and place with her.
Best wishes,

--   Gary Marbut, president  Montana Shooting Sports Association  http://www.mtssa.org  Author, Gun Laws of Montana  http://www.mtpublish.com

MSSA Email List Policies

Dear MSSA Friends,

It seems useful to restate the policies I’ve developed and apply to using the MSSA email list.  Here’s a rundown.

Frequency.  I try to not send anything to the MSSA e-list more frequently than about once or twice per week, as may be warranted.  I don’t like being worn out by entities which send "Urgent" emails daily or even several times a day.  I assume you don’t like that either.  The frequency of MSSA emails WILL increase when the Montana Legislature is in session when critical stuff happens frequently.

Pitch for money.  Some entities close every email with a desperate, fear-mongering pitch for money.  I don’t like getting those and I won’t send them.  Of course MSSA needs money.  Yes, you should be an MSSA member.  If you’re not, go to the MSSA Website and download a membership application and send it in.

MSSA-centric.  I will usually only send you stuff relevant to the RKBA and Montana.  If you want to be kept informed about what the NRA, GOA, SAF or political parties are doing, get on their email lists.

Bounces.  I have low tolerances for an email inbox cluttered with email bounce notices.  If I get a bounce notice that your email address is undeliverable, I immediately weed that email address from the MSSA e-list.  If you change your email address and wish to be kept on the MSSA e-list at your new email address, send me an email with BOTH your old and new email address and I will update the list to keep you on MSSA’s e-list at your new email address.

Attached files.  I fiercely resist using attached files to include additional material.  Attached files can be a malware problem.  If I need to convey additional material that won’t fit in the body of an email, I’ll send you a link to where the material is posted Online (often something I’ve posted at ProGunLeaders.org, a domain I use to post stuff that I can do with my minimal Website programming skills).  If I should need to send an attached file, I’ll announce that in the body of the email, what the file is, and what type of file it is.

Sharing list with others.  NO!  No "business partners," no "associates," none.  MSSA does NOT share its list or your email address with ANYONE!  We respect your privacy.  That’s made it more difficult for MSSA to do bulk email because I will not lodge the MSSA e-list with some third-party bulk emailer in the "cloud."  Who knows what spammer that offsite list might get sold to by the emailer or a rogue employee.  The MSSA email list is physically and electronically secured on my computer, and only there.

Other content.  Only rarely I will send you an email with content generated by someone else, such as another MSSA officer.  Otherwise, the material will come from me and I will sign it.

Tracking links.  NO!  You’ve seen the links some emails ask you to click on that include a very long string of apparently random alphanumeric characters.  Often these tracking strings are not apparent, but will show at the bottom of your email screen when you mouse over the link.  Those are "tracking links," intended to track your Online activity and map out your personal network of acquaintances (everyone you send the link to who clicks on it).  Those originating and justifying tracking links say they’re just trying to deliver more relevant and personalized content to you.  Bull!  They’re building a dossier on you.  Regardless of actual purpose, I won’t send you tracking links, OR forward material to you that contains obvious tracking links.  (End of rant about privacy-invading tracking links).

Graphic content.  That’s pictures.  I want you to be able to look at the text/words I send, and move on to something else as needed, but not wait for large graphic files to download if you may have a slow Internet connection (hey, it IS Montana), or limited or expensive bandwidth.  My general rule is to NOT include any graphics in the emails I send, just text and non-tracking links to other material as needed.

Action needed.  One of the reasons I work to keep MSSA emails lean and clean in terms of outgoing content is because I fervently hope that you will perform when I sometimes request some specific action from you, especially when the Montana Legislature is in session.

No copyright.  Everything I send to the MSSA e-list I consider to be in the public domain.  You are welcome, even encouraged, to share that content with others, usually by forwarding my email to others in your network of friends and associates.

Getting on the MSSA e-list.  I make everyone ask, both to be certain nobody on the MSSA e-list ever accuses me of spamming them, and to make sure I’m getting a valid email address.  So, if you know anyone who wants to be on the MSSA e-list, just have them send me an email asking to be on the list.  It’s that simple.  But the email must come from the requester.  I won’t add anyone to the e-list because someone else sends me their email address and asks me to include that third person.

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.MTPublish.com

I-177, proposed trapping ban

The media tells us that anti activists have gathered enough signatures to put I-177 on the November ballot, to ban trapping on public lands.

Isn’t this proposed law unconstitutional under the right to hunt, fish and trap that MSSA got into the Montana Constitution?

Yes.  See my comment for the record last September to MT DoJ about I-177 at:
http://www.progunleaders.org/Trapping/

However, the rules are that an initiative cannot be challenged for constitutionality until and unless it is approved by the voters and becomes law.  Until that occurs, you may spread the word that, among other serious problems, I-177 is a waste of effort and taxpayer resources because IF Montana courts follow the law I-177 will eventually be stricken as in violation of the Montana Constitution.

A Guide to Private Firearm Sales

Dear MSSA Friends,

Because of agitation for mandatory government background checks on private firearm sales, I put together a Guide for Private Firearm Sales.  It is posted at:
http://www.progunleaders.org/PrivateSales/

Hopefully, this will give you the information you need to conduct private sales legally and properly, and reduce the hue and cry for government background checks on private sales (ala Washington state).

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.MTPublish.com