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    MSSA - Montana Update

    Sender: Gary Marbut-MSSA <mssa@mtssa.org>
    Subject: Legislative update; 1/12
    Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:28:27 -0700
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    Dear MSSA Friends,

    Pasted below is the MSSA legislative update - the status of the bills we are pursuing.

    HB 228 is MSSA's flagship bill - our first priority.

    Our second priority is SB 183 (wolf bill) and the Montana-made guns bill that does not yet have a bill number (soon).

    Best wishes,

    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    http://www.mtssa.org
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
    http://www.mtpublish.com
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    MSSA Bills - 2009
    (Update January 12, 2009)


    MSSA page about all legislative issues: http://www.progunleaders.org/Legis09/

    HB 228 - Self Defense - Rep. Krayton Kerns. A bill to cure voids and gray areas in Montana law about when and how a person may possess or use a firearm for self defense without fear of prosecution.
    Bill at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/HB0228.htm
    Explanation at: http://progunleaders.org/Self-defense/
    Last action: Referred to House Judiciary Committee; no public hearing scheduled yet.

    HB 2 - Shooting Range Funding - Appropriations Committee (Natural Resources Subcommittee). This is part of the whole state budget, in House Bill 2. We are asking for $1.2 million of hunter license fee money be appropriated to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks(FWP) budget by the Legislature for the Shooting Range Development Program (SRDP). Last biennium (two-year budget cycle) the Legislature appropriated $1 million. The FWP budget is reviewed by the Natural Resources Joint Subcommittee (NRJS) of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Claims Committee. The NRJS will begin its public hearings on HB 2 on 1/19, at 8:30 AM in Room 317C of the Capitol. This public hearing will last for several days. It is unknown at this time just when the FWP budget and the SRDP item will come up.

    SB 183 - Wolves - Senator Joe Balyeat. A bill to wrest control of wolves out of federal hands and assert Montana primacy in managing wolves to protect hunting opportunities, livestock, and people working and recreating outdoors.
    Bill at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/SB0183.htm
    Explanation at: http://www.progunleaders.org/Legis09...20Summary.html
    Last action: Referred to Senate Fish and Game Committee; no public hearing scheduled yet.

    No number yet - Montana-made Firearms - Rep. Joel Boniek. A bill to challenge federal authority under the power of Congress to regulate commerce among the states, this bill declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are not subject to any federal regulatory authority.
    Bill from 2005 at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2005/billhtml/HB0366.htm
    Last action: Bill not introduced yet.

    SB 185 - Non-resident College Student Hunting - Senator Joe Balyeat. A bill to allow non-resident, full-time college students in Montana to buy licenses for the same cost as residents, and to allow full-time college students from Montana temporarily living in other states to come home to hunt at the same price as residents.
    Bill at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/SB0185.htm
    Last action: Referred to Senate Fish and Game Committee; no public hearing scheduled yet.

    No number yet - Montana Home Guard Revitalization - Rep. Joel Boniek. A bill to flesh out the laws about the Montana Home Guard to allow a volunteer Montana corps to make trained and organized resources available to the Governor and county sheriffs in times of need - something between Neighborhood Watch and the Montana National Guard.
    Draft Bill at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/lchtml/LC1710.htm
    Last action: Bill not yet introduced.

    No number yet - National Park Gun Regulations - Rep. Wendy Warburton. A Joint Resolution opposing a lawsuit by the Brady Campaign to block new regulations allowing self defense guns in National Parks, and urging the Montana Attorney General to intervene in that lawsuit to protect the rights of Montana citizens.
    Draft resolution: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/lchtml/LC2013.htm
    Last action: Resolution not introduced yet.

    No number yet - Suppressors afield - Rep. Joel Boniek. A bill to repeal 87-3-123, M.C.A., "Use of silencers or mufflers on firearms forbidden. No person may take into a field or forest or have in his possession while out hunting any device or mechanism devised to silence, muffle, or minimize the report of any firearms, whether such device or mechanism be operated from or attached to any firearm." This Prohibition-era law is overbroad, unenforced, and needs to be repealed.
    Last action: Bill not introduced yet.

    SB 80 - Elect Board of Regents - Senator Dan McGee. MSSA has waged a three-year campaign to persuade the Board of Regents and U-system campus managers that they may not contravene the Montana Constitution and strip students, employees and other of their constitutional right to bear arms, but to no avail. The BoR and campus managers have been unwilling to enter into any substantive negotiations on this topic. BoR members are heavily insulated and unaccountable because they are appointed, rather than elected. SB 80 would set a referendum for Montana citizens to vote to change the Constitution to make BoR members elected, instead of appointed. MSSA supports this change.
    Bill at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/SB0080.htm
    Last action: Public hearing on 1/12 before the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee
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    Dear MSSA Friends,

    I hope many of you will be able to attend public hearings to support MSSA bills during the legislative session.

    I have written what you need to know to be present and speak at one of these public hearings. See:
    http://www.progunleaders.org/Legisla...s/hearing.html

    The single most persuasive thing you can do to influence the Legislature and help MSSA get bills passed is to show up and speak at public hearings on bills. If you wonder how that works, or what you should do, this piece should answer any questions.

    Best wishes,

    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    http://www.mtssa.org
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
    http://www.mtpublish.com
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    Dear MSSA Friends,

    I have just updated the MSSA Web page about how bills work in the Legislature, how to locate or track bills, and how to contact legislators.

    It is VERY IMPORTANT that you be familiar with this information. You can read and bookmark this information at:
    http://www.progunleaders.org/Legislative%20Process/

    Time to get geared up!

    Best wishes,

    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    http://www.mtssa.org
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
    http://www.mtpublish.com
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    Update~~~

    http://www.thehighroad.us/showthread...=1#post5073627

    In the legal section. Update.

    Catherine
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    MT Home Guard HB 479

    Sender: Gary Marbut-MSSA <mssa@mtssa.org>
    Subject: Mistake - Home Guard bill - HB 479
    Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2009 15:16:20 -0700
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    Correction,

    The bill to revitalize the Montana Home Guard is HB 479, not HB 429 - too many balls in the air.

    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    http://www.mtssa.org
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
    http://www.mtpublish.com
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    http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billhtml/HB0479.htm

    This is TOO long to paste/post here for the MT Home Guard.

    Catherine
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