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Recounts possible in some Montana races

Candidates vying for an open state Senate seat in Missoula face a possible recount after unofficial results had them separated by just seven votes.

November 08, 2014 9:38 amLoading…
Tight race in SD 49 listed as possible recount; Democrat pulls ahead in HD 94

Tight race in SD 49 listed as possible recount; Democrat pulls ahead in HD 94

MISSOULA — The tight race for state Senate District 49 in Missoula is listed as a possible recount.

November 05, 2014 1:23 pmLoading…

Candidate’s donkey symbol draws complaint

HELENA — An Independent legislative candidate from Missoula said his Democratic opponent’s mailers display an image of a bucking horse, instead of a donkey as required by law.

October 12, 2014 12:30 amLoading…

Gun advocate discusses Montana self-defense laws, 'castle doctrine'

MISSOULA — In the early morning hours of Labor Day, a young man was shot dead in the parking lot of a Missoula strip club after what police describe as an “altercation.” As of yet, the shooter has not been charged with a crime.

September 07, 2014 10:06 amLoading…
Shooting range

Shooting range

Gary Marbut, right, works with Brad Stemple, left, on a shooting range in Missoula on Aug. 5, 2009.

April 28, 2014 2:12 pmLoading…
'Castle doctrine' may apply in Missoula teen's killing, author of law says

'Castle doctrine' may apply in Missoula teen's killing, author of law says

MISSOULA — Montana law has some rules regarding self-defense that could apply to Sunday’s fatal shooting of a teenager in a Grant Creek home, according to the man who wrote the state’s version of the “castle doctrine.”

April 28, 2014 2:11 pmLoading…
Gary Marbut

Gary Marbut


January 14, 2014 4:11 pmLoading…
Supreme Court declines to hear Montana gun case

Supreme Court declines to hear Montana gun case

HELENA — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request to review a ruling against a Montana law that attempts to exempt guns made and kept in the state from federal regulation, but the so-called Firearms Freedom Act isn’t dead yet.

January 14, 2014 1:49 pmLoading…

9th Circuit rules against 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act

HELENA — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules — but advocates welcomed the court’s decision for leaving open the possibility of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

August 23, 2013 5:34 pmLoading…
Bill would limit state employees’ testimony

Bill would limit state employees’ testimony

HELENA — A lawmaker said Tuesday that his bill would prohibit state employees from lobbying at the Legislature on state time on agency policy, except on budget matters, but there was confusion over what it would actually do.

February 05, 2013 7:53 pmLoading…
Gun-rights advocate snags domain

Gun-rights advocate snags domain

HELENA — A prominent gun-rights advocate has started a website,, to discourage Montana’s senior senator from working to enact new gun regulations.

January 25, 2013 6:34 amLoading…

Montana Shooting Sports Association leader decries gun-free zones

MISSOULA — Gary Marbut’s phone is ringing all the time these days with calls from national news organizations, along with lawmakers and citizens.

December 19, 2012 6:30 am Related Loading…

Bitterroot Valley ammunition sales up again after election

STEVENSVILLE – At a gun show last week in Utah, a young man in his early 20s walked up to Darren Newsom to ask a question.

November 25, 2012 10:12 pmLoading…

Gun, medical pot groups blast ATF policy

HELENA — A gun group and medical marijuana advocates expressed outrage Tuesday over a new federal policy clarifying that it is illegal for medical marijuana cardholders to buy firearms and ammunition and for dealers to sell these products to them.

September 27, 2011 5:57 pmLoading…

MSSA cleared in lobbying complaint, NRA fined

HELENA - The state has cleared a well-known Missoula gun-rights advocate in a charge he failed to register as a lobbyist, but fined the National Rifle Associate for making that mistake in 2009.

July 18, 2011 4:50 pmLoading…

Lobbying complaint against Montana gun activist Marbut dismissed

HELENA — The state’s top political cop has dismissed a two-year-old lobbying complaint against Missoula gun-rights activist Gary Marbut, saying Marbut and his group, the Montana Shooting Sports Association, don’t have to report on their lobbying activities.

July 18, 2011 11:45 amLoading…

Plan to empower Montana sheriffs raises questions, concerns

HELENA — The line of people stretched out the door of the committee room, all waiting for their turn to condemn or express their fears about the federal government.

January 24, 2011 6:21 amLoading…

State lawmaker looks to introduce wolf bill in upcoming Legislature

MISSOULA — Montana's gray wolves already face opponents in federal court and Congress. Soon, the state Legislature may enter the fray as well.

November 07, 2010 5:30 pmLoading…

Corruption law facing court test

HELENA — A Helena district judge will hear arguments today on a challenge to Montana’s nearly century-old, voter-passed ban on direct corporate spending to support or oppose political parties or candidates.

September 30, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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