Concerned Over Fed Ammo Purchases? Marbut Runs Numbers

Aaron Flint posted on August 26, 2013 12:07 :: 871 Views

If you’ve been reading the headlines about ammo purchases by federal government agencies, Gary Marbut with the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) runs the numbers.  Plus, KGVO’s Peter Christian probably described the Friday ruling on MSSA v Holder the best as, “one step forward, one step back.”

Either way, it’s clear that Marbut sees his case against the federal government as something beyond just the issue of guns


Marbut says the attorneys involved are already beginning to work on the appeal process.

Marbut continued, “The time is ripe in America for states to challenge federal power, from Obamacare to indefinite detention, to illegal spying on U.S. Citizens and media, to IRS abuses of power, and more.  It was the states which created this federal government that has grown to become such a monster.  It’s time for the states to get their creature back on a leash.  With MSSA v. Holder, we will offer the Supreme Court a chance to do just that.”

AP: Court Rules Against Law Bucking Federal Gun Rules

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules — but advocates welcomed the court’s decision for leaving open the possibility of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday agreed with a lower court’s decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which also has been adopted in other pro-gun states. The laws attempt to declare that federal firearms regulations don’t apply to guns made and kept in that state.

World Net Daily: 9th Circuit blasts Montana Buckaroo rifle plan

Marbut had told WND when the action first commenced in 2009 that the goal was to reach the Supreme Court, and the district court and appellate court rulings were just stepping stones.

The Montana Firearms Freedom Act was enacted in Montana and signed into law by Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2009.

It declares that a firearm made and retained in Montana is not subject to any federal regulation under the power given to Congress in the U.S. Constitution to “regulate commerce … among the states.”

If it remains inside the state, there is no “commerce … among the states,” the case argued.

Listen to the arguments here as well:


So, what about these ammo purchases by the federal government?  Are the headlines concerning you?  Well, Marbut also penned a recent column for The Daily Caller after he crunched the numbers:

A recent headline shouts that the TSA will be purchasing 3.5 million rounds of ammunition.

That sounds spooky, but let’s give that figure some perspective. The fact is, it will take a lot more than 3.5 million rounds for “them” to catch up with “us.”

For our calculations, let’s use six clubs. Suppose these clubs put on only one match per month during the shooting season of April through October (most do more). That’s seven matches. Suppose the minimum round count to complete one of these matches is 100 rounds per competitor (it’s usually more).  Suppose the average attendance at these matches is 60 shooters (often more). That amounts to a quarter of a million rounds of ammunition for contestants to shoot these Montana matches in one season.

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