Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Montana Fires a Warning Shot over States Rights


With The Resident trying to push a pact that would ban reloading of ammunition maybe Montana where the citizens seem to value their 2nd Amendment Rights more than many others they are taking action and testing the Federal Government.  I would not be surprised if it came down to brass tacks they would go as far as seceding if necessary.

 Montana is trying to trigger a battle over gun control — and perhaps make a larger point about what many folks in this ruggedly independent state regard as a meddlesome federal government.

In a bill passed by the Legislature earlier this month, the state is asserting that guns manufactured in Montana and sold in Montana to people who intend to keep their weapons in Montana are exempt from federal gun registration, background check and dealer-licensing rules because no state lines are crossed.

That notion is all but certain to be tested in court.

The immediate effect of the law could be limited, since Montana is home to just a few specialty gun makers, known for high-end hunting rifles and replicas of Old West weapons, and because their out-of-state sales would automatically trigger federal control.

Still, much bigger prey lies in Montana's sights: a legal showdown over how far the federal government's regulatory authority extends.

"It's a gun bill, but it's another way of demonstrating the sovereignty of the state of Montana," said Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who signed the bill.  Read in full...

Group says pact would ban reloading of ammunition, and could even prohibit BB guns

Obama says he will make passage of an anti-gun treaty a priority

A national gun rights group says it will fight “tooth and nail” against a vaguely-worded treaty that could ban the reloading of ammunition without a permit.

President Barack Obama, during opening remarks at the recent Summit of the Americas, said he was making passage of the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials a priority during his administration.

The Organization of American States treaty was signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1997 but never submitted to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“He knew he didn’t have the votes, but we’re concerned that with the different composition of the Senate that the likelihood of it being passed is higher,”  Erich Pratt, communications director of Gun Owners of America, told Kansas Liberty. “I’m not saying they have the votes yet necessarily, but it’s definitely closer.”

Reloading refers to the repacking and re-use of spent shell casings, a practice that is more popular than ever given skyrocketing ammunition prices.

“It’s much cheaper than buying ammunition by the box, especially now,” Pratt said.

Pratt said the treaty, which had been approved in most Latin American countries, is so vaguely worded that it’s subject to interpretation.

GOA fears the treaty could prohibit more than just reloading.

 

For example, it bans the "illicit manufacturing" of weapons, which, under a strict interpretation, could prohibit citizens from building firearms from kits. In addition, since the treaty never clearly defines the term “weapon,” it could apply even to BB guns and other non-lethal weapons.

Pratt said to his knowledge, no senator had yet formally requested consideration of the treaty.

“I’m not aware that any concrete action has been taken yet, but we’re watching it closely, and if it does get introduced, we’ll be fighting it tooth and nail.”

- Phil LaCerte

 

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