Quote of the day–2009 Montana Legislature

A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce. This section applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured in Montana from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state. Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition, and their importation into Montana and incorporation into a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in Montana does not subject the firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to federal regulation. It is declared by the legislature that basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition under interstate commerce as if they were actually firearms, firearms accessories, or ammunition. The authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Montana from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into Montana from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in Montana.


2009 Montana Legislature
HOUSE BILL NO. 246
[I also like the part where it directs the Montana attorney general to “defend in full” any “Montana citizen whom the government of the United States attempts to prosecute” for violation of federal law concerning a firearm manufactured and retained within Montana. It also provides this protection for firearms with bores up to 1.5 inches (38.1mm) in diameter.–Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day–2009 Montana Legislature

  1. It’s a shame that it doesn’t apply to machine guns. 🙁

    Still, that’s a pretty damn impressive thought. If this thing makes it into law… Montana’s gonna be a whole lot more attractive as a place to live.

  2. That is Montana’s gun culture at work. Our gun culture is like no other. Hell, even Al Jazeera news did a story on Montana’s gun culture.
    You can see it here: Guns in Montana

    I say that this bill has a good chance of passing, in one form or another. Thanks for alerting me to its existance.

  3. I am going to forward that piece to my legislator here in Nevada. Also, since I will be retiring to our home in Idaho soon, lets clue someone in power there too.

  4. Hot diggity ding dongs, I’d better start looking for a job in Montana and get me some property there while the gettin’s good.

    How long before the Indian casinos there start selling guns without paperwork like their thriving untaxed cigarette sales and such now? They still do that, right?

    Talk about a booming business.

  5. “It also provides this protection for firearms with bores up to 1.5 inches (38.1mm) in diameter.”

    That right there is a serious argument. Can a fella get hi cap mags with that?

    Gotta get my old self to Montana if this passes. Mount a 1.5″ something on the roof of my battery powered 4 wheel drive oldguymobile.

    Montana: It’s what’s for gunnies.

    Best to all.

    Gale_H

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