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Basil Fishbone

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Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« on: April 15, 2009, 05:27:24 pm »

 
Congratulations to Rep. Joel Boniek (R-Livingston).  Thanks, Joel.

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Fwd: FLASH - Good News - Gov signs HB 246
 From: Gary Marbut-MSSA <mssa@mtssa.org>
 To: mssa@mtssa.org
 
Dear MSSA Friends,

GOOD NEWS!  Governor Schweitzer signed HB 246, MSSA's Montana-made
guns bill, today.  HB 246 declares that any guns and ammunition made
and retained in Montana are not subject to ANY federal regulation
under the authority of Congress to regulate commerce "among the states."

HB 246 will become effective on October 1, 2009.  MSSA is beginning
now to plan our legal strategy for vetting the legal principles
involved.  Soon after October 1st, MSSA will determine if it is
necessary to file a lawsuit in federal court to prove the principles
established in HB 246.  If we do need to file this lawsuit (probably
will), MSSA will need to do some serious fundraising to defray the
expenses involved.

Meanwhile, we firmly recommend that no Montanans begin making the
proposed Montana-made guns until we are able to vet the legal
principles.  We do not want any Montanan to become subject to
possible federal criminal charges until the legal issues associated
with HB 246 are resolved.

We are ready now to accept any donations for this project.  Remember,
MSSA is not a tax-exempt entity - we've never sought that status
because of the political limitations on tax exempt
organizations.  So, any donation you may care to make for this effort
is NOT tax deductible.  If you care to make a donation to MSSA for
this purpose, you can make a check payable to MSSA and mail it to
MSSA at P.O. Box 4924. Missoula, Montana 59808.  In the memo portion
of your check, write "Montana-made guns." Thanks!

Our hearty thanks go out to valiant HB 246 sponsor Rep. Joel Boniek
(R-Livingston).  Joel is a real hero for having carried this bill and
having done it so well.  This result is especially complimentary to
Joel because he is a freshman legislator.  He had a steep learning
curve going into this session with no prior legislative experience.

We also thank those many Montana legislators who supported HB 246
during the legislative process, and we thank Governor Schweitzer both
for demonstrating the right Montana attitude by signing HB 246, and
for doing what he said he'd do on his 2008 MSSA Candidate Questionnaire.

Finally, thanks to ALL of you for having supported HB 246 with
messages to legislators.  We couldn't have done it without you!!!

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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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 05:37:41 pm »

 :thumbsup: :sunny: Montana is looking better and better!
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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 05:45:50 pm »

Excellent! Great first step. Now, will they have the cajones to say all products made and sold in Montana are not subject to Federal regulation. I believe the Constitution states the Feds can only regulate interstate commerce, not intrastate commerce.

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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 06:28:01 pm »

There's another copy of Gary Marbut's news flash here. The text of the bill is here. It does NOT include machine guns.
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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 06:30:52 pm »

Interesting...

The question is, will this fall through under fed pressure, or not?

And, if it doesn't, will it actually make any difference, or will the feds just pretend it never happened and continue to try and enforce their laws?
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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009, 06:44:20 pm »

well, I'll be the first to admit, this is one hell of a step in the right direction........
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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2009, 06:54:38 pm »

well, I'll be the first to admit, this is one hell of a step in the right direction........

  While great, in and of itself, it is not enough. They are seeking to control the food supply, as mutti and ND have been showing. If they achieve their goal in this regard, we are pretty much doomed. We need to exert lots more pressure on the Feds, not merely react to them.

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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009, 08:13:54 pm »

Woo hoo!  I agree with Zoot--a good first step.  I think it's valid to spend a bit of time celebrating a positive step before getting ready to take the next one.  So tomorrow morning, I bet Gary and others like him will be making plans for the coming restoration of other freedoms.
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Re: Made in Montana Guns: HB 246 signed into law!!
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009, 08:43:22 pm »

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I think it's valid to spend a bit of time celebrating a positive step

I don't..............because the "job" has just been started.............and it's a long way from being done.................
Now is NOT the time to celebrate..............but instead it's time to stand behind or beside those who started "the job" thus to "help" see it through to completion..............
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