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MT – GUN POLITICS – Montana: Californian-funded Fake Hunting Group Lies About Steve Bullock’s Anti-gun Record

Montana gun owners have been subjected to an abundance of lies this election season. Leading the misinformation campaign is fake hunting group Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund. Bankrolled by a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area political megadonor, the astroturf organization is working to hide U.S. Senate candidate Steve Bullock’s anti-gun record. The Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund has put out an ad claiming Bullock is “strong on guns.” This is false. In 2018, Bullock expressed his support for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Discussing his support for a ban, Bullock explained, “When I view an assault weapons ban, it’s sort of military, semiautomatic, typically removable clips, a magazine of 10 or more — it’s like the AR-15s.” Such a ban is unconstitutional. In the landmark Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment protects ownership of firearms “in common use at the time” for “lawful purposes like self-defense.” The firearms industry has estimated that Americans own more than 17.5 million semi-automatic rifles. The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the U.S. and therefore indisputably “in common use” and protected by the Second Amendment. Similarly, there are hundreds of millions of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Many of the most popular rifles and handguns are designed to use, and come equipped with, these ubiquitous magazines.  [full article]

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