State of Montana Archives: on Gun Control

Greg Gianforte: Lifetime member of the NRA

Family Man and Avid Outdoorsman: Greg and Susan have generously donated tens of millions of dollars to projects and organizations right here in Montana. They raised all four of their kids hiking the mountains of Montana. Greg is a lifetime member of the NRA.
Source: 2016 Montana governor's campaign website Feb 3, 2016

Brad Johnson: 2nd Amendment is central to preservation of our liberty

Montanans' right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to our way of life and our well being. It is conferred on us as individuals by the Constitution. We ought never lose sight of the fact that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting, target shooting or gun collecting. It is, however, central to the preservation of our liberty and our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families and our property. We must be ever vigilant in our efforts to keep these rights unabridged.
Source: 2016 Gubernatorial campaign website, Dec 10, 2015

Ryan Zinke: Fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms

As a third generation Montanan, I strongly believe in the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. I support current open carry and concealed carry permit laws. I also support national concealed carry reciprocity which would allow law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to carry in any other state that allows concealed carry.

I believe, as the Supreme Court confirmed in the Heller and McDonald decisions, that the Second Amendment guarantees our God-given right to self defense. This right should be extended to our national parks, national forests and other public lands.

Montana is famous for its hunting heritage. As a hunter myself, I will continue to oppose efforts by special interests to stop hunting. This includes efforts by radical groups to ban traditional ammunition. Big government continues to overstep local authority. This is not the Montana I know and love! I'm firmly against federal gun registration and a federal database of gun ownership or purchases.

Source: 2014 Montana House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Curtis: Supports expanding background checks

An advocate for gun control, Curtis attended a 2013 Mayors Against Illegal Guns Rally to pressure Sen. Max Baucus to support expanding background checks.

Conservatives have pounced on her writing in a socialist newsletter, along with her video diary. In one entry, she said she had to stop herself from "walking across the floor" to "punch" Republican legislators who voted to make gay sex illegal in Montana. In another, she wore a hooded sweatshirt to commemorate the death of Trayvon Martin.

Source: ABC News on 2014 Montana Senate race Aug 22, 2014

Champ Edmunds: 2nd amendment is about tyranny, not hunting

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Edmunds: Strongly Disagree.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Edmunds. Gun Rights: We must defend our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd amendment is about tyranny, it is not about hunting. National Debt. The borrower is servant to the lender. We need to be a debt free Government and a debt free nation.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Montana Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Amanda Curtis: Common-sense solutions like expanding background checks

Speakers at a rally at the Capitol urged Sen. Max Baucus to change his stance and support expanded background checks before people can buy guns. The Democratic senator voted against mandatory background checks earlier this year.

State Rep. Amanda Curtis, D-Butte, told how at age 17, in May 1997, she and her family were awakened by a call from the police in the middle of the night telling them to come to a Billings hospital. They learned her 16-year-old brother had shot and killed himself playing Russian roulette at a party.

"I would be willing to bet that every single one of you that's here today either has been directly affected or knows someone who has been directly affected by gun violence." Curtis, who is considering a race for the U.S. House, called for common-sense solutions. "If Montana has 2.5 times the suicide rate of states with comprehensive background checks, maybe we should try that out," said Curtis, a high school math teacher.

Source: Billings Gazette on 2014 Montana Senate race Jul 23, 2013

Steve Bullock: Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing

As Attorney General, Steve works hard every day to make our state better for the next generation of Montanans. Since taking office, Steve has worked with Governor Schweitzer and state legislators to forever preserve access to public lands and streams for hunting, fishing and hiking.
Source: Montana Governor campaign 2012 website, Nov 6, 2012

Amanda Curtis: No gun licensing; allow concealed carry

Q: Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a license be required for gun possession?

A: No.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sam Rankin: Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Dennis Rehberg: No Supreme Court Justices who are hostile to 2nd Amendment

On two occasions, Rehberg pointed out that Tester supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan--justices he believes are hostile to the Second Amendment. Rehberg said he would not have supported their confirmation. Tester did not respond on that particular issue.
Source: Daily Inter Lake on 2012 Montana Senate debates Oct 14, 2012

Bill McChesney: No restrictions; no licenses; even for concealed carry

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?

A: No.

Source: Montana State Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Ryan Zinke: Background checks are prudent; military weapons aren't

Q: Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a license be required for gun possession?

A: No. I strongly support the right to bear arms for hunting and personal protection. I believe that background checks are prudent & necessary. I also believe that the sale of specialized military weapons should be banned for public use. I believe that in areas of high security, such as courtrooms, airports, and military bases, that concealed weapons should not be allowed."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Brian Schweitzer: Protect our 2nd Amendment rights

Q: What principles do you support regarding guns?

A: As an NRA member with an “A” rating, I will protect our 2nd Amendment rights. I will ensure access to Montana’s public lands for hunting, fishing and recreation.

Source: 2004 Montana Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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