Montana State Legislative Update for March 2nd 2019

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Montana – -(AmmoLand.com)- Montana legislators are now on their mid-session break. Yes, the legislative session is half way done. It's time for an update about the various measures Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) is working on. I'll include (S) for bills MSSA SUPPORTS, and (O) for bills MSSA OPPOSES. An * indicates a priority bill, for or against.

HB 145 (S) – to eliminate the requirement that a CWP-holder must notify law enforcement when changing county of residence. Passed House and Senate and sent to the Governor for his signature or veto.

HB 155 (S) – to prevent cities and counties from enacting local rules regulating knives. Passed the House and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee; public hearing scheduled for 3/12.

  • *HB 226 – MSSA's bill to exempt nonprofit shooting ranges from property taxes. Passed by House; public hearing held before the Senate Taxation Committee on 2/25; waiting for action by committee (keep messages coming to S-Tax Committee members urging support for this bill).

HB 322 (S) – to it make optional for a CWP applicant provide an SSN on a CWP application. Passed the House and scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/13.

  • *HB 325 (S) – to amend the Montana preemption law to prevent local governments from creating a patchwork of local gun control laws across Montana. Passed the House and scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/15.
  • *HB 357 (S) – identical to HB 325, but a referendum to go to a vote of the people should Governor Bullock veto HB 325. Passed the House and scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/15.

HB 435 (O) – to allow come communities near tourist attractions to impose a broad sales tax, to include on firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Hearing before the House Taxation Committee on 2/27; no committee action yet.

*HB 477 (O) – to authorize the Office of Public Instruction to devise rules for safe firearm storage, to distribute these rules to schools to schools for instruction of children, and to create a penalty for unsafe storage of firearms. Scheduled for a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on 3/12.

*HB 480 (O) – HB 477 on steroids, establishing storage requirements for firearms and creating criminal penalties for violation of requirements. Scheduled for a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on 3/12.

  • Dead. HB 582 (O) – to require suicide prevention materials from the Department of Public Health and Human Services to be distributed by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Hunter Education classes. Died on Second Reading in the House on 2/28.

HB 646 (O) – to provide a tax credit of up to $300 for the purchase of a (expensive) gun safe. (Note: The next step will be to require that all guns be kept unloaded and locked in gun safes.) Not assigned to a committee or scheduled for a hearing yet.

  • Dead. *SB 95 (O) – basically to create a “red flag” law. Tabled by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/24.
  • Dead. *SB 303 (O) – to require reporting certain mental health records to the FBI for the NICS system. Tabled by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/26.

Stay tuned for Montana Shooting Sports Association alerts about messages needed to legislators.

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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    It doesn’t look like everything is hunky dory in Big Sky Country. The big red 0’s are more numerous than the green s’s. They must have their share of the commiefornia transplants who left the high restrictions and high taxes but they brought their bad ideas with them so they can make this new home as bad as their old one.

    Tuffdog1977
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    Tuffdog1977

    Amazing how Missoula can be so radical! The University breeds liberalism from the top down! My wife left Missoula & moved to western Washington…Lol
    From the frying pan into the fire. God help us here in Washington!

    JPM
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    JPM

    Sounds good. Thank God the capital isn’t in Missoula where liberals reign supreme, like Austin, in Texas.

    Jack Mac
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    Jack Mac

    The City of Austin is un-Texan. It use to be enjoyable for straight people.

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Sounds like Montana may remain a free state. Good for them!

    Mark Are
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    Mark Are

    Having to grovel before someone to carry a firearm is a free state? Or does’t having to get a CCW permit violate SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED?

    Dennis
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    Dennis

    Don’t HAVE to grovel. In fact, if you know the laws you don’t really need one. Democrat governor vetoed statewide CC bill that was passed by MT legislature 2 yrs ago. When we get rid of Bullock, hopefully it will finally pass.