(for immediate release – February 2, 2017)

Gun Group Offers Alternative to City Council
“Education, Not Regulation” says MSSA

MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) has offered a Resolution to the Missoula City Council to replace its failed ordinance to regulate private firearm transfers.  The Resolution proposed by MSSA relies on education to help make Missoulians safer with firearms, and includes support for education for children through adults.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox recently released an Opinion holding that the ordinance passed by the Missoula City Council to regulate private firearm transfers is in conflict with state law and unenforceable.  MSSA believes that in the wake of that Opinion the City council may be searching for something meaningful and legal that it can do to support firearm safety in Missoula.

“We believe strongly in firearm safety education.” said Gary Marbut, MSSA President.  “Education is clearly the right way for the Council to approach any perceived firearm safety issues in Missoula.  This proposed Resolution offers a package of education options for the Council to embrace, all of which are perfectly legal today.  It will actually move the ball for the Council, and for Missoula.”

Marbut said he hopes the City Council will take the offered Resolution seriously and get it on the Council’s agenda for consideration.

The proposed Resolution is available for public review at 
The Resolution includes support for Be Safe, and gun safety program for children, Hunter Education provided by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for youth, firearm safety education now available for adults, and a published Guide to Private Firearm Sales.

Marbut believes the package of education options in the Resolution would receive broad support from the public.

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--   Gary Marbut, president 
Montana Shooting Sports Association 
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

By mssa