Background check laws having little effect, gun violence researchers discover

“Gun violence experts from the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Violence Prevention Research Program conducted a study in Washington state, Colorado and Delaware to analyze whether state laws requiring more background checks actually resulted in more checks.”

“The results, published in medical journal Injury Prevention, suggest the laws had little impact.” More…

Background check laws having little effect, gun violence researchers discover

Strict gun laws passed in two states to require background checks for every firearm sale had virtually no effect, a new study has found. Gun violence experts from the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Violence Prevention Research Program conducted a study in Washington state, Colorado and Delaware to analyze whether state laws requiring more background checks actually resulted in more checks.

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Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.” More…

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, responding to a call from a landowner, game wardens discovered a badly decayed bull elk and a more freshly killed cow elk on private land between Ray Creek Road and Dry Gulch Road off Highway 284.

Upon investigation, it appeared the cow elk had been shot within a few days of being discovered. This coincides with a witness’ account of hearing multiple gunshots the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 11 near the discovered elk.

Given the state of the carcass, no determination could be made in the field about the bull elk’s cause of death.

At the time of this incident there was no legal season in place for the rifle hunting of elk in this area.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Warden Josh Leonard at 406-439-0451, or 800-TIP-MONT. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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Good time to apply for Apprentice Hunter program

Montana’s two-day, youth-only deer hunt is coming up October 19 and 20, and general deer and elk season opens October 21. Now is a good time to consider signing up for the Apprentice Hunter program.

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Montana’s two-day, youth-only deer hunt is coming up October 19 and 20, and general deer and elk season opens October 21. Now is a good time to consider signing up for the Apprentice Hunter program.

Americans for Responsible Solutions Re-brands name to simply “Giffords” [Video]

“Ditching the Americans for Responsible Solutions banner they have held for the past five years, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control group has a simpler name, but the same message.” Watch the video below to see their new promo video introduced by former president Obama. Share and leave your comments below. Read More at Guns.com…

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MTFWP: Avoid 10 Common Hunting Mistakes

Source: Here are 10 problem areas, courtesy of FWP game wardens, that hunters seem to stumble over year after year:

1. Trespassing. Hunters must have permission of the landowner before hunting on private land.

2. State law makes it illegal for anyone to shoot on, from, or across a road or right of way.

3. Make sure of sunrise and sunset times. Big game season runs from one half hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.

4. After taking a big game animal, hunters must validate their hunting tag. Proper validation means completely cutting out the date and month on the tag.

5. Hunters must use their own tags when shooting an animal. Transferring licenses between spouses or using a family member’s tag is illegal.

6. Drive only on established roads.

7. Hunters and anglers are required to stop at all check stations, going to or coming from the field, with or without game.

8. When transporting a big game animal, evidence of the animal’s sex must remain attached to the carcass.

9. Don’t shoot from a vehicle.

10. Big game hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange above the waist and visible from all sides. Although it’s not required for bird hunters, it’s a darn good idea to put on some orange, at least a hat or vest.

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Top 10 Big Game Rifle Season Safety Tips!

Enjoy these sarcastic, but ridiculously funny, gun safety tips before you head out this weekend. Of course we’re joking! Religiously practice at a minimum, the following four safety rules below anytime you’re using a firearm! Good luck neighbors & be safe!

Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules.

Always practice at a minimum, the four rules below. Elaborate about your hunting season safety tips in comments below.

#1 Always assume all firearms are always loaded!

#2 Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy!

#3 Keep your booger hook off of the trigger until ready to fire!

#4 Be sure you know where your bullet will stop before you fire!

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NPR Poll: Majorities Of Both Political Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions After Vegas Attack

According to a recent National Public Radio/IPSOS poll, most Americans — regardless of party — favor tightening restrictions on firearms. Much like the last presidential election polls results, it seems that when you only target people you want, poll results reflect your opinion. Read more about polls you and I didn’t take that we don’t agree with…

Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, most Americans – regardless of party – favor tightening restrictions on firearms, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. But significant partisan divides remain – and perhaps relatedly, they exist alongside divides in knowledge about guns in America.

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General Big Game Season Opens Oct. 21, A Few Key Things To Remember

Deer and elk hunters will take to the field Oct. 21 for the general big game season and they’ll all need to keep in mind a few important pieces of information.

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Deer and elk hunters will take to the field Oct. 21 for the general big game season and they’ll all need to keep in mind a few important pieces of information.

MSSA FWD: List of multiple anti-gun bills filed in Congress

Dear MSSA Friends,

Here is the latest list of anti-gun legislation filed as a response to the Las Vegas tragedy since 10/1/2017:

U.S. House of Representatives

HR 3947 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 3962 – Bans online sales of ammunition

HR 3984 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers

HR 3986 – Would require the placement of tracking ID into ‘all’ firearms sold in America

HR 3987 – Would require a fee to purchase a firearm through NICS and use these monies to fund the CDC to conduct research on gun violence that was previously found to be biased by Congress

HR 3998 – Bans firearms for known or ‘suspected’ terrorists

HR 3999 – Bans parts that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 4018 – Institutes a ‘3’ day waiting period nationally for purchase of handgun

HR 4025 – Expands reporting of multiple firearms sales

HR 4052 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

HR 4057 – Expansion of Prohibition for firearms ownership for being on a Terrorist Watch List

U.S. Senate

S. 1915 – Would require all firearms to be personalized for restricted access and use

S. 1916 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

S. 1923 – Expands background checks of firearms

S. 1939 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers

S. 1945 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association

Montana Shooting Sports Association

NEWS RELEASE Gun Group Endorses Gianforte for Congress “Enthusiastically recommended” May 11, 2017 – for immediate release MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) announced its endorsement today of Republican Greg Gianforte in his bid for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House. MSSA is the primary political advocate for gun owners in Montana.

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