Why was Facebook the safest and most secure place for people to buy and sell guns online?

If Facebook were serious about private gun sales safety, they never would have taken away the safest place it could possibly be done.

Until firearms friendly Alternative Social Networks were created because of it, like our very own Meanwhile In Montana Marketplace and Montana Gun Trader, Facebook was by far the safest place to buy and sell firearms privately online in Montana and around the country. At least until they blocked gun trader groups. To some extent I guess we can thank them for motivating us to build our own sites.

Why was Facebook the safest place for private gun owners to buy and sell guns online?

Profiling Buyers and Sellers and Identity
Using Facebook, people could check people out without ever meeting them in person first. You could check out their pictures for identity purposes, timelines for content to see whether you even want to deal with them before meeting in a parking lot, see their friends, pages they follow, etc. Sometimes simply looking at someones timeline might help you decide whether you even want to inquire about the gun. If part of a group, other members can even give a personal referral. If you were an active member of a group, you could see their activities.

Free In-State Criminal Background Check
If a person were to pass your personal profile check first and now you know what they look like, before even contacting them you could check the Montana Correctional Offender Network to find out of they have a felony record in Montana. On Facebook or not, this has helped me personally from selling guns to felons on two occasions over the years.

It is only legal to sell a gun privately to another citizen of Montana. You can see their location and then simply verify it when you meet them by checking their drivers license.

What other factors do you believe made Facebook the safest place online to buy and sell guns privately?

Poll: Should Montana Hunters Be Required by Law to Carry Bear Spray? IGBC thinks so.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has petitioned Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to require hunters to carry Bear Spray. Do you believe that Montana hunters should be required by law to carry Bear Spray while hunting? Vote in the poll, share and comment below.

Should Montana Hunters Be Required by Law to Carry Bear Spray?

Poll: Over 90% of Montanans so far OPPOSE a ban on semi-automatic (assault) weapons

With every tragic event comes calls from some to ban inanimate objects like the AR-15 and other semi-automatic firearms. What do you think? Should they be banned? Take the poll, share and leave your comments below.

Would you support or oppose a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles?

Poll: What are the primary issues you support or oppose helping you decide who to vote for?

What are the primary issues which help you decide who to vote for in the next election? Select as many of the issues in the poll or add your own answers. DO NO leave a comment as a poll answer, they will be deleted. Login and leave comments in the comments area below.

What are the primary issues your political candidates support or oppose helping you decide who to vote for or against?
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The Montana Shooting Sports Association has released its 78 endorsements for candidates

(for immediate release, 8/28/18)

Gun Group Grades, Endorses Montana Candidates
78 Candidates for Congress and Legislature Endorsed

MISSOULA – The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) has released its endorsements and grades for candidates on the ballot for the 2018 General Election. MSSA has endorsed 78 candidates for Congress and for the Montana Legislature.

MSSA is the chief political advocate for Montana gun owners and hunters. MSSA has gotten 68 pro-gun and pro-hunting measures through the Legislature and enacted into law. MSSA supports Montana gun owners and promotes firearms safety.

For the U.S. Senate, MSSA endorsed Matt Rosendale. MSSA explains that when Rosendale was in the Montana Senate, he carried MSSA’s “Ammunition Availability Act” at the request of MSSA. That Act was intended to encourage the manufacture of ammunition components in Montana, smokeless powder, primers, and cartridge cases. MSSA expressed concern that Rosendale’s chief opponent, Jon Tester, has voted for gun control bills in the Senate and opposed Supreme Court nominees who don’t favor expanding government power.

MSSA also endorsed incumbent Congressman Greg Gianforte to be returned to the U.S. House. MSSA president Gary Marbut commented, “I know Greg. He’s one of us. He understands the right to keep and bear arms, and it’s not just lip service. Besides, we have a voting record for his opponent Williams, from when she was in the Legislature and it’s a bad record. She simply would not work with Republicans on pro-gun bills.”

About Rosendale, Marbut said, “Matt has a 100% voting record on gun issues in the Legislature and he successfully carried our Ammunition Availability Act for Montana gun owners. Those prove his commitment to our issues”

Marbut said he is concerned that Tester and Williams, both Democrats, likely agree with the ostensible party leader for Montana Democrats, Governor Bullock, who recently announced his support for a wide array of gun control. It is unknown if Tester and Williams will publicly admit agreement with Bullock this close to an election, or disagree with Bullock and create a rift on the subject in the Democrat Party.

The remaining 76 endorsements were for seats in the Montana Legislature, Senate and House. Of these, 74 were for Republican candidates and two were for Libertarians. MSSA could not identify any Democrat candidates with an acceptable voting record or an adequate returned candidate questionnaire to meet its endorsement criteria. While MSSA provided Green Party candidates with the MSSA candidate questionnaire, Green Party candidates have been removed from the November ballot with a lawsuit by Democrats.

All of MSSA’s candidate endorsements and candidate grades are posted Online at: http://progunleaders.org/MSSA2018Grades/

Information: Gary Marbut, 549-1252, mssa@mtssa.org

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association