Montana’s Governor, Greg Gianforte, has signed a bill that aims to protect Montana’s gun owners from any potential federal gun control crackdown by the Biden administration. Chris Enloe reports:
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed a new bill into law on Friday that protects Montana residents from encroachment on the Second Amendment by the federal government.
What are the details?
The law — officially known as the “Montana Federal Firearm, Magazine, and Ammunition Ban Enforcement Prohibition Act” — prohibits state and local authorities in Montana from enforcing new regulations on firearms, magazines, and ammunition that come from Washington.
“Today, I proudly signed Rep. Hinkle’s law prohibiting federal overreach into our Second Amendment-protected rights, including any federal ban on firearms. I will always protect our #2A right to keep and bear arms,” Gianforte said on Twitter.
Interestingly, the bill stipulates the law retroactively applies to applicable regulations beginning on Jan. 1, 2021 — meaning any gun control measure enacted by the Biden White House.
More from the Washington Examiner:
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.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed similar legislation earlier this month. Oklahoma could also enact legislation making it a Second Amendment “Sanctuary State.”
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