Bloomberg Scores Another Failure in Big Sky Country

Bloomberg Scores Another Failure in Big Sky Country

Although voters in November’s election had a refreshing break from initiatives to impose new gun-control laws, there was a pro-gun ballot measure this fall in Big Sky Country. LR 130, a ballot measure to limit local government authority to regulate firearms, was supported by the NRA and approved by Montana’s voters. Voters had to contend with a barrage of misinformation along with the typical outsized spending by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety to defeat the measure. The path to this vote started when the City of Missoula enacted a 2016 ordinance to criminalize private firearm sales, gifts, loans, and other “transfers” unless the parties processed the transaction through a licensed firearm dealer and had a NICS check done. Like almost every other state, Montana has firearm preemption laws that prohibit local governments from regulating firearms as they please. The Montana Attorney General concluded that state preemption statutes prohibited Missoula from enforcing its ordinance. The city responded with litigation against the Attorney General, seeking a declaration that its ordinance was lawful. A year ago, the state’s highest court ruled 5-0 in favor of the Attorney General, finding that the ordinance violated the preemption laws. State lawmakers then passed HB 325, an amendment to the preemption laws that would confine local governments’ authority to regulate firearms to firearms carried by unlicensed persons in publicly-owned buildings controlled by that locality. Bloomberg’s Everytown/ Moms Demand Action opposed the legislation and called on Governor Bullock to veto HB 325. Governor Steve Bullock (D) […]

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