Poll: 80% of Montanans so far believe recreational marijuana should be legalized

As of 4/20/2018, 80% of voters in the local poll attached believe Montana should legalize recreational marijuana useage. What do you think? Take the poll and leave your yay or nay comments below.

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Helena, Montana’s National Center for Unwanted Firearms takes gun donations [Video]

 
KTVH – Helena’s National Center for Unwanted Firearms takes gun donations

“Over the weekend the new Helena based non-profit The National Center for Unwanted Firearms participated in the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.

“We’re a non-political organization, we don’t take sides. Obviously I’m pro-gun, I made a career out of it,” said Bruce Seiler, co-founder The National Center for Unwanted Firearms.

The idea for The National Center for Unwanted Firearms started back in 2009, but it wasn’t until last year organization became official.

Bruce Seiler and Chip Ayers are the co-founders. Combined they have 80 years of experience working with firearms, and have created a new non-profit organization, to help take unwanted guns off the streets.

Both worked for the U.S. Secret Service, Seiler was an Armorer/Ordinance Specialist.

“So who better than I to know what’s junk and what’s not, and what’s worth keeping, so rather than some legislature make that decision, we thought we would accept some responsibility as a manufacturer, and start a non-profit that helps dispose of firearms and be a junkyard for firearms in America,” said Seiler.

People can submit a gun and choose to have it sold or destroyed.

If the gun has historical value, they’ll help it find its way to a museum.

“I think about all the issues and all the manufacturers I dealt with and the firearms industry, they are making them, but who is getting rid of them? And we don’t want them to fall in the wrong hands,” said Seiler.

In some cases, the guns they receive may be made available to law enforcement for training.

Another part of the mission of The National Center for Unwanted Firearms is to promote gun safety in the home.

“We have a state that is unique, because we have Senators and Congressmen that are aware of the hunting and firearms. We don’t look at firearms in Montana the way they do in the inner cities. I was 9 when I had my first firearm, my father was an Ordinance Colonel,” said Seiler.

Seiler said back in his time people valued guns differently.

“And we had responsibility. Now they can fall into the wrong hands, times have changed,” said Seiler.

Seiler tells us they will also offer consultation to collectors on the safest way sell to firearms.

They recently advised a Washington D.C. man with over 200 guns to use a federal firearms license. It was to help transfer the guns to avoid liability, should the guns fall into the wrong hands.

You can sell or donate firearms here, or call (833) 448-4867.”

Study says Montana is second-most dependent on gun industry

Helena Independent Record – “Montana is the state second-most dependent on the gun industry, according to a website that reviewed per-capita data about firearms industry jobs, state gun laws, gun ownership rates and the intersection between politics and guns

The website WalletHub released its report Monday.

According to the data it analyzed, Montana ranked sixth for its gun ownership rate, third for firearms-industry jobs per capita, fourth for firearms-industry output per capita and for total taxes paid by firearms industry per capita.

The state ranks fifth for National Instant Criminal Background Check System checks per capita, first for gun-control contributions to congressional members per capita and 13th for gun-rights contributions to congressional members per capita.

Montana ranks second overall with Idaho at No. 1 and is followed by Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

The study ranked states across three dimensions: the firearms industry, gun prevalence and gun politics.

For the firearms industry, it examined firearms-related jobs per 10,000 residents, the number of firearms and ammunitions deals and importers per capita, the average wages and benefits in the industry, the total industry output per capita and total excise taxes paid by the firearms industry per capita.

A 2017 report from The Billings Gazette that examined statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found that Montana has the most firearms companies per capita. In 2016, the most recent year numbers were available, the state had 153 licensed manufacturers.

It also examined state laws that protect gun manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits, state gun laws around mental health records reporting, private-sale background checks, open-carry and conceal-carry regulations, prohibition of access to guns for domestic violence abusers, laws to disarm dangerous people, child access prevention and waiting periods, as well as the minimum age to purchase different types of firearms.

Most of the legislation introduced in the Montana state Legislature over the last two decades has been about loosening restrictions on concealed-carry permits, increasing the places guns are allowed, opening up the state’s stand-your-ground laws, increasing shooting range funding and enshrining the right to hunt in the state’s Constitution.

In the wake of the recent shooting and killing of 17 at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a state lawmaker has asked for draft legislation to change state law so non-criminal mental health commitments can be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Open-carry is legal in Montana with some exceptions such as in schools, government buildings, places where alcohol is sold. County sheriffs issue conceal-carry permits.

For gun prevalence, the Wallet Hub study looked at the gun ownership rate of a state, gun sales per 1,000 residents, gun ads for private buying and selling and Google search interest for gun sales.

When determining the gun politics ranking, the study looked at gun-control and gun-rights contributions to congressional members and the average NRA score for the state’s senators.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, has an A+ ranking from the NRA and recently said he’d be looking for a different airline after Delta said it would no longer honor discounts for NRA members. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, was given an A- in 2012.”

The Largest Companies in Montana and Around America by Market Cap

Broadviewnet.com – Investors may look at Market Cap as it refers to the total dollar value of a company’s available shares. For example, if a company has 30 million outstanding shares worth $150 apiece, the company’s market cap value would be $4.5 billion.

Outstanding Shares x Cost of Share = Market Cap

Why would investors care about the value of a company’s outstanding shares? First, it helps investors see one company’s value in relation to another. Basically, it’s an easy and scalable way to compare companies.

Secondly, market cap reveals the open-market value of a company. Assets aren’t readily available, but stocks are.

Third, it offers a window into how risky a stock purchase is. A larger market cap value would indicate a better public perception—better perception leads to more value per share and less risk of that value plummeting.

At #26 – Glacier Bancorp has the largest Market Cap in Montana with $2.1 Billion.

simplemost.com – Largest company in Montana by Market Share: Glacier Bancorp, Inc.
Headquarters: Kalispell, Montana
Industry: Banking and financial services
Market Cap: $2.1 billion
About: Glacier Bancorp, Inc. is a regional bank holding company that has commercial banking offices throughout Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Arizona. It was founded in 1990.

A fast, full featured, made in Montana alternative to anti-gun social networking websites?

As most followers of Meanwhile, In Montana know, yours truly has been blocked from anti-gun Facebook numerous times for sharing firearms friendly posts in the past and currently for another few days. It’s time to stop bitching and do something about it.

Well that’s what a new site called Firearms Friendly and this post is all about. Get over there and get busy or read more below.

The reason many of us joined facebook at all was because they originally embraced firearms freedoms more by simply allowing gun trader groups and gun sales for so long. We all supported them wholeheartedly and even referred friends and family and were proud to do it. We knew they would eventually buckle. And they actually lasted much longer than many of us anticipated. Understanding this eventuality as its happened many times before, I obtained the firearmsfriendly.com domain as a backup plan.

Facebook was great until they buckled to gun control zealots and took away quite possibly the safest alternative to private gun sales there ever was. I say that because you could easily check people out first and find out whether you even wanted to deal with them first, it was great! With a name in Montana, you can do your own background checks if you desire using the Montana Conweb. You don’t tell people that, but that’s what many people did. That option was never available with classifieds.

Once the rabid, anti-gun trolls were allowed to dictate content and their policies, those times have likely changed forever, just like countless other websites such as Google, Craigslist and Ebay have done before them. And they are entitled to make whatever policy changes they desire, its their business. We get it, and we support it and would die defending their right to do so! But immediately after that our ad blockers were turned on and we will never shop at a sponsor of their site or pay to promote pages over there again. Most of us have cut back to strictly family and close friends connections. We would leave altogether if we had comparable choices….

Luckily, there are other choices. The problem with the choices thus far is that they didn’t cover everything, or are inevitably going to follow the same path as Facebook eventually, or they only focus on guns. Maybe they don’t have the functions, features and choices they have at Facebook. The mission is in process……

I’ve been working to solve those problems for us by developing our very own site. I’ve done what I can do without feedback. Now I need your help. Anyone 18 years of age or older, who can legally own guns in America is invited to Join us at Firearms Friendly and help build a better site for freedom lovers. Get registered, login and check it out. I think you’ll be surprised and pleased. This is by far the best one yet for me. 🙂