Ballot Initiative Would Bar Local Government From Enacting Gun Restrictions

Ballot Initiative Would Bar Local Government From Enacting Gun Restrictions

Hand gun. Gun regulation can cause heated arguments across the nation and especially in Montana, where over half of the citizenry owns a registered firearm. This election Montana voters will decide whether to restrict local governments’ ability to enact their own gun control measures. If LR-130 gets enough yes votes, it will remove local governments’ authority to regulate concealed carry firearms. It also removes local authority to prevent convicted felons, people with mental illness, undocumented immigrants and minors from possessing guns. State Representative Matt Regier, a Republican from Kalispell up for reelection this year, sponsored legislation to get LR-130 on the ballot. "The whole premise of LR-130 is that concealed carry permit holders, Second Amendment rights people, we want to follow the law. And we need to keep it uniform without a whole kaleidoscope of different definitions across the state," Regier said. Regier sponsored a similar bill last session that Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed . Bullock said the bill would have ended local decision making about whether felons and people with mental illness can carry weapons in public, which Bullock called a “dramatic departure” from Montana history. The referendum before voters now is largely in response to Missoula’s 2016 city ordinance, which required background checks for the sale of all firearms and put restrictions on where people could have a concealed carry firearm. Attorney General Tim Fox, who drafted the ballot measure, put out a legal opinion in 2017 stating the ordinance was unconstitutional. When the City of Missoula […]

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