Guns Made In MT Exempt From Federal Regulation. (Merged X 2)
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MT gun bill could spark rights fight
Posted: Feb 16, 2009 06:58 AM
Updated: April 5, 2009 09:21 PM
Gun rights bill passes MT Senate, heads to Governor
Montana-made guns could spark a court showdown over states' rights if Governor Brian Schweitzer signs a bill that would release some firearms from federal regulation.
House Bill 246, which is sponsored by Republican Representative Joel Boniek of Livingston, seeks to exempt guns made and kept in Montana from federal background checks and dealership licensing. The measure also applies to ammunition and weapons components.
The measure passed the Legislature easily, and now awaits action by Schweitzer who has not taken a position on the bill, which its supporters hope will trigger a legal battle to affirm states' rights.
They say the bill is is less about firearms, and more about testing the Constitutional basis for federal control over the states.