Montana becomes Second Amendment sanctuary, joining growing number of states fighting federal gun laws

Montana becomes Second Amendment sanctuary, joining growing number of states fighting federal gun laws

Retail firearms and gunsmithing shops are ready to temporarily store personal guns for residents who may be suicidal or violent, vacationing or having children over. Jake Tyrrell, owner of JT Tactical Firearms and Gunsmithing, works with a customer at his shop on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Colorado is the first state in the nation to compile an online list of safe storage sites, to help prevent deaths by suicide and create a safe environment for children and adults. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette) Montana has barred state and local law enforcement from enforcing federal restrictions on firearms, making it the latest in a slew of Republican-controlled states to adopt Second Amendment protections. Greg Gianforte, the state’s Republican governor, signed the bill on Friday, which bans the enforcement of federal bans on firearms, magazines, or ammunition. The bill applies retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021, a period that covers all of President Joe Biden’s term in office. Similar bills were vetoed by former Gov. Steve Bullock , a Democrat, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Republicans gained control of every statewide office after the November election and held its existing majorities in the Montana House of Representatives and state Senate after the 2020 elections, wins that paved the way for this bill to be made into law. Biden has promised an ambitious gun control agenda, and states across the country have approved Second Amendment sanctuary laws in an effort to preempt any federal gun control legislation or rulemaking. Arizona Gov. Doug […]

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