Dear MSSA Friends,

For his re-election campaign, Montana Senator Jon Tester has chosen to partner with the notorious anti-gun group the Brady Campaign.  In a fundraising pitch, probably not sent to Montana donors, Tester confirms that donations to his re-election campaign will be matched by the Brady group.  This telling move by Tester is reported at Ammoland.

Of course, the fiercely anti-gun Brady bunch knows Tester and anticipates certain performance from him if reelected, which is why they are glad to partner with him in seeking his re-election.

Meanwhile, Tester attempts to placate gun-owning Montana voters by saying he supports “hunter safety” and with comments like “I support the Second Amendment, but …”  It is what follows after the “but …” that concerns and sometimes angers Montana gun owners.  Tester’s alleged reverence for the Second Amendment is demolished by his recorded votes in the Senate for anti-gun judges and justices for the U.S. Supreme Court, and his votes against pro-gun judges and Supreme Court justice nominees.

MSSA is tracking a list of Tester’s other anti-gun votes and associations, but those include a vote for the alleged “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” which made changes in federal law that encouraged the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to launch regulatory crackdowns on firearm ownership, possession, transfer, and use.

We will be getting out more information about Tester between now and November to clarify his actual anti-gun performance.  Meanwhile, Tester’s fundraising partnership with the Brady group, probably the leading gun control group in the U.S., is clear evidence of just where Tester stands on the RKBA and what can be expected from him if he returns to the U.S. Senate.

Best wishes,

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

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