Montana voters will decide on Election Day in November if local governments will be allowed to micromanage people’s right to bear arms.
Legislative Referendum 130 asks Montanan voters to remove government’s ability to regulate concealed carry and open carry of firearms, with the exception of public buildings within a local government’s jurisdiction.
The Montana legislature sent this question for voters to decide after Democrat Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a bill last session that featured the same provisions. In the previous case, the same policy would have been accomplished, albeit through traditional legislative means as opposed to a ballot initiative.
At the time of Bullock’s veto, the governor of Montana asserted that the state’s current gun policies safeguard “our basic right to keep and bear arms” and trusted local governments to determine “whether the mentally ill may bring guns into schools, or whether a local government can permit concealed weapons.”
Gun control has been a controversial issue in Montana over the past five years.
In 2016, the city of Missoula passed an ordinance that would have ordered all gun sales taking place within city limits, which included private sales, to be covered under background checks. This is a local version of universal background check policies that have become the norm in various blue states across the nation.
After a number of modifications to the ordinance and legal battles, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that the ordinance was unconstitutional in 2019.
Second Amendment advocates were motivated to push for the aforementioned ballot initiative after this legal drama subsided. For them, Missoula’s ordinance would have potentially led to a situation where the state would have a patchwork of gun control restrictions across the state.
Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, was one of the main activists pushing the ballot initiative forward.
He pointed to the fact that Montana already has a preemption law on the books, which prohibits local governments from regulating guns.
“All local governments are creatures of the state,” Marbut commented. “LR-130 reinforces the restriction in the Montana Constitution on our right to keep and bear arms.”
State Representative Matt Regier sponsored the original bill. He believes that Montanans will greenlight the initiative at the ballot box, due to how it would simplify concealed carry regulations across the state and avoid confusion.
Regier believes that the main purpose of the ballot initiative is to provide uniform regulations across the state for lawful concealed carry permit holders.
“I myself am a concealed carry permit holder, and we want to follow the law,” he said. “If every city and every county has a different ordinance, it would be impossible to even drive across the state,” Regier stated.
Montana is one of the more pro-gun states in the country. Guns & Ammo magazine rewarded Montana a 9th place spot for its 2019 rankings for the most gun-friendly states in the nation.
Texas Republican Chairman Allen West Calls on Texans to Reject Democrats’ Radical Open Borders Agenda
No one in Texas should vote Democrat.
Since assuming the position of Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas earlier this year, retired Army Lieutenant Army Colonel Allen West has made his presence felt in Texas politics.
Unlike the flaccid political leadership that preceded him, West is outspoken about Democrats’ radical open borders agenda.
He tweeted on October 21, 2020, “No one in Texas should vote Democrat. It is the party of open borders, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, sanctuary cities for illegals, abolishing ICE, which allows criminal illegal immigrants, along w/human&sex trafficking, to operate freely.”
No one in Texas should vote Democrat. It is the party of open borders, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, sanctuary cities for illegals, abolishing ICE, which allows criminal illegal immigrants, along w/human&sex trafficking, to operate freely.https://t.co/cD3JERSeXm
— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 21, 2020
In his tweet, he shared a link to a Fox News article titled “Border Patrol arrests nearly 300 illegal immigrants in 18 hours.”
This story referred to an incident where U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas teamed up with local law enforcement to arrest approximately 300 suspected illegal aliens during an 18-hour window last week, as reported by law enforcement.
Agents raided and closed down stash houses in addition to busting suspected smuggling attempts in four separate incidents that saw a total of 294 individuals apprehended for making an attempt to sneak into the U.S.
According to the law enforcement account of the situation, at least 90 of the people placed in custody came from countries outside of Mexico.
“In all of the incidents, none of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recounted. “These callous and dangerous acts are several examples of the lack of regard human smugglers have for those they exploit for profit.”
The Texas GOP scored a big win by choosing Allen West as its leader. After years of disappointment on issues such as Constitutional Carry, the Texas GOP is in need of a major facelift when it comes to its political leadership. Thanks to how competitive Texas has become, the GOP must come on point during election season. This means that it must have its most energetic members on board from the start. And it could do so by having a leader that talks about hot button issues such as guns and putting the clamps on mass migration.
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