Bill Allowing Right to Carry on Campus Clears Hurdle

Aaron Flint posted on February 05, 2015 15:03 :: 938 Views

An effort to allow college students to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and carry firearms on campus cleared a key hurdle in the Montana state senate.  This, after the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) called on members to target 6 Republican lawmakers who were reportedly opposing the legislation.  

Here’s a previous post from the liberal Flathead Memo blog: Five GOP state senators oppose packing heat on campus

SB-143 passed today’s second reading in the MT Senate 25–24, with Sen. Llew Jones (R-Conrad) excused and five Republicans (see table below) opposing it. The third reading is tomorrow. If Jones votes tomorrow, votes No, and nothing else changes, the bill could fail on a 50–50 vote.

Bruce Tutvedt
Ed Buttrey
Duane Ankney
Taylor Brown
Pat Connell


—– Original Message —–

Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 2:57 PM

Subject: First legislative emergency – ACTION NEEDED IMMEDIATELY


Dear MSSA Friends,

MSSA’s campus carry bill, SB 143, squeaked by in the Senate today on Second Reading with a 25-24 vote.  It could die tomorrow on Third Reading unless we act energetically.

In today’s vote, five Republicans joined with Democrats to oppose SB 143, and one Republican was excused.  We want all six of these Republicans to support SB 143 on Third Reading tomorrow.  These six Republicans need messages from you and all of your friends, asking them to please support SB 143 on Third Reading.  These six Republicans are:

Duane Ankney
Taylor Brown
Edward Buttrey
Pat Connell
Llew Jones
Bruce Tutvedt

BE POLITE!  Be firm.  It will be enough in your message to just say, “Please support SB 143 on Third Reading.”

You can leave a message by calling the Legislative Message Center at 444-4800 during working hours, or via the Online Message Form on the Legislature’s Website at:

Again, please ACT NOW, and get all your friends to weigh in too.

Thanks loads!

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

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