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U.S. Senate hopeful Curtis explains gun-rights position

U.S. Senate hopeful Curtis explains gun-rights position

HELENA – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Amanda Curtis appeared and spoke last year at a rally for expanded background checks for firearm purchasers, but said this week her position on the issue won’t hurt her with Montana voters.

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Montana bill targeting assault-rifle ban advances

Montana bill targeting assault-rifle ban advances

HELENA — A measure aimed at undermining any potential federal ban on assault weapons was endorsed by the Montana Senate on Tuesday as it speeds toward the governor's desk.

March 12, 2013 2:59 pm Photos

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Montana bill to allow heat-packing lawmakers rejected

Montana bill to allow heat-packing lawmakers rejected

HELENA — The Montana Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed legislators to carry concealed firearms in the state Capitol.

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House: Guns OK on campus, not in bars or banks

House: Guns OK on campus, not in bars or banks

HELENA — The Montana House has endorsed a plan to allow firearms on college campuses, but rejected a plan allowing concealed guns in other places like bars.

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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…
Rehberg camp challenges Tester assertion on gun rights

Rehberg camp challenges Tester assertion on gun rights

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said last week that gun-owner rights in America are stronger than when President Barack Obama took office in 2009 — a statement that the campaign of his GOP challenger, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, is disputing.

September 15, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Few gun rights measures still alive in Montana Legislature

HELENA — The number of gun rights bills likely to clear the Montana Legislature appears to be dwindling significantly, as the session enters its final days, dealing a blow to gun-rights advocates who seem unable to capitalize on having a Republican majority.

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GOP says it remains focused on jobs, economy; Dems say much time wasted

GOP says it remains focused on jobs, economy; Dems say much time wasted

HELENA — As state lawmakers headed home Thursday for their midsession break, majority Republicans said they're "very pleased" with progress they've made passing legislation to foster jobs — and that they're ready to get down to business on crafting an austere state budget in the session's se…

February 24, 2011 6:15 pm Photos

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Education, states' rights expected to dominate 2011 Wyoming Legislature

Education, states' rights expected to dominate 2011 Wyoming Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The anti-federal government and pro-states' rights tone of last year's election season likely will be carried over to the floors of the Wyoming House and Senate when the Legislature convenes Tuesday.

January 08, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Judge Molloy dismisses states' gun suit

HELENA — A federal judge in Missoula has dismissed a lawsuit by gun rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws, a move that the advocates promised to appeal.

September 30, 2010 12:49 pmLoading…

Magistrate recommends dismissing states' gun suit

HELENA — A group of states seeking freedom from federal gun laws were dealt a blow Wednesday when a federal magistrate recommended dismissal of a lawsuit launched by gun rights advocates who argue Congress has overstepped its bounds with gun control.

September 01, 2010 5:36 pmLoading…

Montana senators straddle the fence on gun rights

Both Sens. Baucus and Tester voted for Sonia Sotomayor’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination last year, citing Sotomayor’s “respect for the Constitution and respect for previous rulings.”

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Gun rights advocates plan holiday displays

JACKSON, Wyo. - Gun rights advocates in Jackson are getting their holsters ready for Fourth of July events.

July 03, 2010 10:32 amLoading…

Watershed gun decision cheered in Montana

HELENA — Montana leaders lauded a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding individual gun rights, but one of the state’s top gun rights activists said the ruling is not as important here, as Montana already has strong gun rights protections.

June 28, 2010 4:38 pmLoading…

D.C. clergy to Tester: Drop your gun bill

HELENA — A group of clergy and voting activists held a 45-minute impromptu prayer vigil outside Sen. Jon Tester’s Washington office Thursday morning before meeting with the Montana Democrat to urge him to drop his support for a gun rights bill.

May 20, 2010 4:46 pmLoading…

National anti-gun group asks judge to throw out Montana gun law

HELENA — One of the biggest names in gun control is asking a federal judge in Montana to invalidate the state’s pioneering gun law which exempts Montana-made firearms from national gun laws.

May 18, 2010 1:56 pmLoading…
Gun rights advocates meet in Helena

Gun rights advocates meet in Helena

HELENA — Esther Suhr stood on the Capitol lawn Saturday afternoon proudly displaying her .54-caliber black-powder rifle.

March 27, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…

Montanans aim for gun rights

HELENA - If Montana gun advocates have their way in a lawsuit filed Thursday, there will be far less federal gun control in the state.

October 03, 2009 10:40 pmLoading…

Fear of new regulations drives gun, ammo shortage

CHEYENNE - Concern that the Obama administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons is driving worried gun owners to stockpile ammunition and cartridge reloading components at such a rate that manufacturers can't meet demand.

March 29, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…
Reps. team up on timber, Plum Creek exchange bills

Reps. team up on timber, Plum Creek exchange bills

Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, and Chas Vincent, R-Libby, two lawmakers often on opposite ends of the political spectrum but who saw a need to tackle the land and timber issues.

March 29, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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