FWD: NEWS RELEASE
(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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association