YES, WE DID IT, SB 143 passes Senate

Dear MSSA Friends,

The Montana Senate just voted 26-24 to pass SB 143, Campus Carry, on Third Reading.

SB 143 now moves on to the House.  Stay tuned.

Also, watch for another email soon about five MSSA bills scheduled for public hearings in two days next week.

Thanks loads for your help with SB 143.

Best wishes,

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

First legislative emergency – ACTION NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

Dear MSSA Friends,

MSSA’s campus carry bill, SB 143, squeaked by in the Senate today on Second Reading with a 25-24 vote.  It could die tomorrow on Third Reading unless we act energetically.

In today’s vote, five Republicans joined with Democrats to oppose SB 143, and one Republican was excused.  We want all six of these Republicans to support SB 143 on Third Reading tomorrow.  These six Republicans need messages from you and all of your friends, asking them to please support SB 143 on Third Reading.  These six Republicans are:

Duane Ankney
Taylor Brown
Edward Buttrey
Pat Connell
Llew Jones
Bruce Tutvedt

BE POLITE!  Be firm.  It will be enough in your message to just say, "Please support SB 143 on Third Reading."

You can leave a message by calling the Legislative Message Center at 444-4800 during working hours, or via the Online Message Form on the Legislature’s Website at:
http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Again, please ACT NOW, and get all your friends to weigh in too.

Thanks loads!

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

Another MSSA bill introduced

Dear MSSA Friends,

Rep. Randy Pinocci has introduced HB 388, to fix a problem created by the Montana Supreme Court.  HB 388 is currently available at:
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2015/lchtml/LC1012.htm
but will probably soon be at:
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2015/billhtml/HB0388.htm

In 2009, in MSSA’s landmark Self Defense Bill, one provision required that when there is an incident where self defense is apparent or claimed, investigators have a duty to gather all evidence, INCLUDING evidence that could exonerate a defender accused of a crime.  The problem is that when police investigate such a situation, their mind-set is that some crime has been committed and they focus only on collecting evidence to prove criminal guilt.

A criminal case with a messy set of facts came before the Montana Supreme Court in which this law created in 2009 was in play.  Notwithstanding a well-established principle of jurisprudence that the legislature does no idle acts – enacts no laws that are without effect -, the MSC ruled that this 2009 law was without effect, made no change in law, and that police could ignore it.

HB 388 clarifies that 2009 law with new language that even the MSC cannot misunderstand.  It will be assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, but no public hearing is scheduled yet.

HEARINGS UPCOMING.  A bunch of MSSA’s bills will almost certainly be scheduled for public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in one or two days next week.  I’ll let you know as soon as I have information about schedule.

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

HB 274 – Sheriffs First – public hearing 1/30

 

Please try to get to Helena to support this Bill. If you can’t get to Helena on Friday, send a message to the House Judiciary Committee Members in support of HB 274 via the Legislative online message system: http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Dear MSSA Friends,
MSSA’s “Sheriffs First” bill, HB 274, has been scheduled for a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, January 30th, at 8AM.

 

HB 274 would require that federal officers operating in Montana to get the advanced written permission of the elected county sheriff before effecting an arrest, search, or seizure.  There are exceptions built into the bill for federal activities along the US border, for federal enclaves such as military reservations, for “hot pursuit” across the state line, if a federal officer witnesses a crime that requires immediate action, or if the sheriff is the target of the federal action.

The purpose of Sheriffs First is to put the local sheriff in the driver’s seat for federal actions such as what happened with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, and with the Weaver family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.  The elected county sheriff has local knowledge about local people and circumstances.  He is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, accountable locally, and can best determine how law enforcement operations should be conducted in his county.

You can find bill text, MSSA notes and current status of this, and all other MSSA bills here: https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=188

If you can get to Helena to support HB 274 in its public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that would be great.  Please see or review my coaching about how to best appear and present at a legislative public hearing at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/hearing.html

If you can’t come to Helena to appear before the Committee, please send messages to Committee members.  Again, you can send one message to all committee members at one time via the Online legislative message form at:
http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Again, be BRIEF.  Legislators are so very swamped with material to read (they speak of it as “drinking from a fire hose”) that they simply don’t have time to and won’t read a long message.  One short paragraph would be good.  Just saying “Please support HB 274” would be sufficient.

Thanks for supporting HB 274 and for supporting other MSSA bills.  Your support IS IMPORTANT!!!

I am posting this email and other emails about MSSA bills working in Helena at mtssa.org for your reference.  Also, friend Elisa is doing a great job of maintaining a page with information about all MSSA bills at:
https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=158

Best wishes,

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

How to Read and Understand a Legislative Bill

Dear MSSA Friends,

I’ve heard of some confusion and intimidation out there about how to read and understand a bill introduced before the Montana Legislature.  It’s not that difficult.  So, I wrote an explanation for you about this and posted it at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/read.html

I hope this is helpful.  If you have any question about what a bill says or does, now you can read it yourself.

Best wishes,

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

SB 143 – Campus Carry – Public Hearing Tuesday 1/27

Dear MSSA Friends,
MSSA’s bill to prevent Montana university system from enforcing gun control policies beyond its constitutional authority, SB 143, has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 27th, at 9AM.

 

While the Montana Constitution gives the Board of Regents significant authority to “manage” the affairs of the U.-system, SB 143 clarifies that the BoR his given no power to amend the Montana Constitution, or deny citizens the rights they have reserved to themselves in the Constitution from government interference.

SB 143 restricts U.-system authority, but does allow certain specified regulation, such as no firearm discharge on campus unless in self defense, no firearms carried on campus that are not cased or holstered, and that dorm rooms containing firearms must be kept secure.

You can find the Bill Text, Current Status and general descriptions for this bill here: https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=184

If you can get to Helena to support SB 143 in its public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that would be great.  Please see or review my coaching about how to best appear and present at a legislative public hearing at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/hearing.html

If you can’t come to Helena to appear before the Committee, please send messages to Committee members.  Again, you can send one message to all committee members at one time via the Online legislative message form at:
http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Again, be BRIEF.  Legislators are so very swamped with material to read (they speak of it as “drinking from a fire hose”) that they simply don’t have time to and won’t read a long message.  One short paragraph would be good.  Just saying “Please support SB 143” would be sufficient.

Thanks for supporting SB 143 and for supporting other MSSA bills.  Your support IS IMPORTANT!!!

Best wishes,

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

 

HB 203 – prevent local enforcement of new fed gun control

Dear MSSA Friends,
MSSA’s bill to prevent Montana state and local officials from enforcing or helping to enforce any new federal gun control laws, HB 203, has been scheduled for a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 27th, at 8AM.We keep hearing about proposed new federal gun control such as presidential executive orders to implement the UN gun ban, magazine bans, semi-auto bans, limitations on firearm storage, mandatory federal background checks for private firearm transfers, mental health validation for gun owners, and more.When I was in New York City to appear on the Glenn Beck TV show, I met Judge Andrew Nepolitano in the warm-up room.  We talked about this.  He has the firm opinion that the feds simply don’t have the manpower to enforce new federal gun control, but must depend on state and local police for effective enforcement.  I agree, thus HB 203.

HB 203, sponsored for MSSA by Rep. Art Wittich (R-Bozeman), would prevent all state and local Montana public employees from enforcing, or helping to enforce, any new federal firearm restrictions that are not in law today.  No more federal gun control!

You can find the Bill Text, Current Status, General Descriptions for this Bill here:  https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=175

If you can get to Helena to support HB 203 in its public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, that would be great.  Please see or review my coaching about how to best appear and present at a legislative public hearing at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/hearing.html

If you can’t come to Helena to appear before the Committee, please send messages to Committee members.  Again, you can send one message to all committee members at one time via the Online legislative message form at:
http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Again, be BRIEF.  Legislators are so very swamped with material to read (they speak of it as “drinking from a fire hose”) that they simply don’t have time to and won’t read a long message.  One short paragraph would be good.  Just saying “Please support HB 203” would be sufficient.

Thanks for supporting HB 203 and for supporting other MSSA bills.  Your support IS IMPORTANT!!!

Best wishes,

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

 

SB 130, Home Guard – hearing next Monday

Dear MSSA Friends,The public hearing on MSSA’s bill to refurbish the Home Guard, SB 130, will held next Monday, January 26th, at 3PM, before the Senate State Administration Committee in Capitol Room 335.

Be there to speak for the bill if you can.  If you can’t, be sure to send messages to committee members asking them to support SB 130.  You can send a message to all members of the Senate State Admin Committee from the Legislature’s Online message form at:
http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Keep your message brief, please.

SB 130 would expand upon existing laws establishing the Montana Home Guard to specify organization, mission, duties, responsibilities and control.  Under SB 130, the Home Guard would be an all-volunteer entity, with specialized companies or platoons that might specialize in medical, forestry, environmental remediation, construction, transportation, communication, or other specialized services.  The Home Guard would become a statewide volunteer effort like volunteer fire departments or Neighborhood Watch, but with a different, broader, and more varied mission.

You can find the Bill Text, Current Status, General Descriptions for this Bill here:    https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=180

If you have any questions about what SB 130 would accomplish or how it would work, read the bill (linked above).

I hope to see you on Monday at 3PM at the Capitol.  If you can’t be there, please send messages to Committee members.

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

 

More MSSA bills introduced

Dear MSSA Friends,
Elisa is doing a great job of keeping MSSA bills, bill numbers and status posted at: https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=158 
Meanwhile, MSSA’s bills are getting introduced, getting assigned bill numbers, and assigned to committees for public hearing.  I will send out an email notification to the list when public hearings on our bills are scheduled and it’s time for you to contact legislators.  Here are the bills just introduced and given a bill number:

Bill #           Sponsor           Subject
HB 298  Rep Harris               Permitless carry

HB 281  Rep. Mortensen  Game wardens

HB 274  Rep. Ballance            Sheriffs First

HB 203  Rep. Wittich             No enforcement of new federal gun control

Not “MSSA bill” but bill MSSA supports
SB 131  Sen. Kary                No fingerprints for CWP renewal

MSSA opposes
HB 160  Rep. Curdy               Prohibit exploding targets on state lands

MSSA bills previously mentioned
SB 143  Sen. C.Smith             Campus carry
SB 130  Sen. Webb                Home Guard
SB 122  Sen. Rosendale  Manufacture ammo components
HB 234  Rep. Ballance            Protect shooting range funds

Stay tuned for more soon.

Best wishes,

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

 

SB 122, public hearing, Wednesday 1/21

Dear MSSA Friends,
MSSA’s flagship bill this session, to encourage the manufacture of ammunition components in Montana, is scheduled to have its public hearing before the Senate Taxation Committee on Wednesday, 1/21.The problem is that our RKBA is entirely exposed to a very narrow production chain for essential ammunition components, especially smokeless powder and primers.  SB 122 would encourage manufacture of those products in Montana by offering liability protection, access to existing economic development programs, and a 20-year tax amnesty.  The tax amnesty is essential to overcome the scale issues in manufacturing these products, scale issues that currently prevent entry into the marketplace by small producers.

You can find the Bill Text, Current Status, General Descriptions for this Bill here:    https://www.mtssa.org/?page_id=172

You need to get messages to committee members to support SB 122.  You can call the Legislative Message Center at 444-4800 and leave a message for all members of the Senate Tax Committee, or you can send an electronic message to all committee members via the legislative Website at:
http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/legwebmessage.asp

Be brief!  Legislators are overwhelmed with work and messages.  It is enough to say “Please support SB 122.”  Do say more if you want, but keep it short.  For more information about the legislative process and contacting legislators, see what I’ve posted about that at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/

If you can come to the Capitol and speak in favor of SB 122, even better.  Senate Tax meets in Room 405 (4th floor) of the Capitol at 8AM.  If you haven’t addressed a committee of the Legislature before, see my coaching at:
http://progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/hearing.html

There is a slight chance (I’d guess 15%) that SB 122 could be rescheduled to a later date.  If so, I’ll let you know immediately.

Legislators REALLY need to hear from you about our bills.  Thanks loads for your help!

Best wishes,

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