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Montana: Attorney General’s Opinion States Missoula Background Check Ordinance is Illegal

Friday, January 27, 2017

Montana: Attorney General’s Opinion States Missoula Background Check Ordinance is Illegal

Yesterday, January 26, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued a legal opinion stating that the City of Missoula’s background check ordinance is invalid and unenforceable.

Missoula enacted the ordinance in 2016. The ordinance requires NICS background checks for almost all sales and “transfers” (gifts and loans) of a firearm between unlicensed (non-FFL) individuals within city limits. Although the rationale was “public safety purposes to prevent and suppress the possession of firearms by convicted felons, adjudicated mental incompetents, illegal aliens, and minors in order to ensure that background checks generally occur with respect to firearm ownership transfers as a prevention mechanism,” in reality the ordinance would affect all law-abiding gun-owners, with criminal penalties (fines and imprisonment) for those who failed to comply.

In enacting this ordinance, Missoula City Council disregarded thousands of emails sent by NRA members and Second Amendment supporters in opposition, and instead listened to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun groups, Moms Demand Action and Everytown. 

In reaching his conclusion that the ordinance exceeded the power and authority of the city, Attorney General Tim Fox noted that the state law on cities with charter forms of government, like Missoula, specifically denies such cities “any power that applies to or affects the right to keep and bear arms” apart from the power to regulate concealed carrying.  An entity “cannot try to regulate the ability to acquire firearms (sale or transfer) without exercising power that applies to or affect the right to keep and bear arms… Based on this conclusion, the Missoula ordinance cannot be enforced.” Further, by unambiguous preemption language, the Montana Legislature has restricted all forms of local government from passing their own gun control laws, with some very specific and limited exceptions.   

This opinion resolves important questions about the validity and enforceability of this ordinance, an ordinance that NRA and its supporters had been challenging since the start.  Thank you to Attorney General Tim Fox for defending the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in Missoula.

 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

The sorry state of gun politics in Australia was put into stark relief recently, after Liberal National Party (LNP) Queensland Legislative Assembly MP Anthony Perrett took a principled stand in favor of his constituents’ gun rights.

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

On Friday, January 12, several amicus briefs were filed in the NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The lawsuit, titled Duncan v. Becerra, challenges California’s ...

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their front-group “Arizonans for Wildlife” are currently gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would ban the hunting and trapping of mountain lions and bobcats in ...

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

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Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Today, Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13) introduced legislation that would ban modifications commonly made to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  SB 2046 is currently pending a committee referral.  Please contact your Senator today and urge them to OPPOSE this ...

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

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New Jersey:  2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

Friday, January 19, 2018

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