February 26th, 2009, 08:12 PM
Montana - Urgent Action Needed
Sender: Gary Marbut-MSSA <email@example.com>
Subject: FLASH - URGENT ACTION NEEDED
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:20:13 -0700
Dear MSSA Friends,
Your action is definitely needed ON FRIDAY! Read on.
House Joint Resolution 26 (HJ 26) declares Montana sovereignty and is the only mechanism in the Montana Legislature to resist a huge wave of federal gun control headed our way.
Obama (well, his AG) has announced that he wants to re-invoke the federal "assault weapons ban." No more semi-auto rifles. He wants to "close the gun show loophole." No more transfers of firearms without creating a federal record. Then there's the "Blair Holt" licensing scheme, which would make every Montana gun owner a felon after two years because a Real ID would be required to even apply for the required federal license. Since Montana has rejected Real ID, no Montana gun owner could even apply. We'd ALL be federal felons.
HJ 26 sets in place the mechanism to protect us from all of this.
But, here's the problem. HJ 26 failed on a party-line vote - all Democrats voting against it. We need to rise up and do something about that - to resurrect HJ 26.
Well, a tool has been created to allow you to do just that, but YOU WILL HAVE TO ACT ON FRIDAY.
Some sympathetic entity has prepared five, 30-second radio spots about this. The MP3 files for these radio spots are posted at this Internet address:
Any radio station can and may download and broadcast these spots, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE AIRTIME ON YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION.
Playing a 30-second ad on radio only costs, on average, about $5 (some stations less, some more) per spot. You need to hotfoot it down to your local radio station and pay for as many spots as you can afford to run on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday (February 28, and March 1, 2, and 3).
Some radio stations will even take your credit or debit card over the phone to pay for running these 30-second spots.
You may even pick which one(s) you want to pay to run. Listen to them at the URL above. If you like them all, pay for five, ten or more instances. Or, pick you favorite(s). Tell the station you want to play Spot #1 (or whatever).
If you live outside Montana and want to help, a list of Montana radio stations is available from:
The critical legislators who voted to block HJ 26 come from Billings (3 legislators) Great Falls (2), Livingston (1), Helena (1), Missoula (1) and Butte (1), if you want to focus on those markets. But Montanans, don't neglect your local market.
IT'S UP TO YOU! You must act during business hours on Friday to make this work. Legislators are off for the mid-session break now, but they will be back in Helen by Tuesday. Radio station business offices will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, so you won't be able to place ads over the weekend.
All you need to do is give your favorite radio station the URL (Internet address above) from which they can download the audio files for the ads, and pay for their airtime. You may be able to choose whether you want your ad(s) to run during "drive time" or "run of station" (random). You choose which, and which ad(s) you want to pay for.
GET IT DONE. This is in your hands now.
NOTE: One radio spot is now posted at the URL given above. We're scrambling to get the others produced. They should all be available later this evening (Thursday, 2/26).
Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana