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.
Gary Marbut, right, works with Brad Stemple, left, on a shooting range in Missoula on Aug. 5, 2009.
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.”
Montana Shooting Sports Association President Gary Marbut
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.
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.
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.
HELENA — A prominent gun-rights advocate has started a website, www.senatorbaucus.com, to discourage Montana’s senior senator from working to enact new gun regulations.
MISSOULA — Gary Marbut’s phone is ringing all the time these days with calls from national news organizations, along with lawmakers and citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — Montana's gray wolves already face opponents in federal court and Congress. Soon, the state Legislature may enter the fray as well.
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.