HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock took action Thursday on several gun measures, including vetoes of a bill that would have prohibited local and state police from enforcing any federal gun bans and another that would have allowed silencers when hunting wolves.

House Bill 302 was backed by gun advocates who argued the state should be ready in case Congress enacts a gun ban. They said the measure would also send a strong signal that Montana opposes gun bans.

But Bullock wrote in his Thursday veto message that it does not appear Congress will ban assault weapons. The Democrat called the Legislature’s bill “unnecessary political theater.”

He added that if House Bill 302 were used as intended, it would turn police into criminals for not cooperating with federal officers, as they are required to do. He said the officers take oaths to enforce all laws.

“I am and always have been a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights,” Bullock wrote. “We have a strong tradition in Montana of gun ownership, hunting and participation in shooting sports. I believe that is an important tradition to preserve.”

The veto will go back to the Legislature, which can attempt to override the veto with two-thirds support in each chamber. The bill, originally advanced mostly along party lines, fell short of that level of support when it originally cleared the Legislature earlier this month.

Bullock also vetoed a bill that would allow wolf hunters to use silencers on their rifles.

Supporters of House Bill 27 argued that the silencers only suppress the sound to make hunting less harmful on the ears, and will ensure that wolf hunting is less disturbing to neighbors.

But Bullock wrote in his veto message that the Legislature has already passed a bill that he believes will be effective in improving the wolf hunt, such as by allowing hunters to obtain multiple wolf tags. And he said suppressors make it harder to enforce hunting rules.

“I do not see the need for suppressed weapons for wolf hunting. I believe most Montanans would agree,” Bullock wrote.

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The governor also signed a bill Thursday sought by gun advocates that would make the state’s list of concealed weapon permit holders confidential.

Gun advocates in the Legislature tried to revive another issue they have struggled to advance through both chambers.

Senate Republicans tried to push through an amended version of Senate Bill 133 that allowed people to conceal carry in public places.

The original version of the bill allowed only public defenders to conceal carry in public buildings, but it was expanded to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon into public buildings.

Opponents argued it was a backdoor approach to package a failed idea into the measure, which was sent to a conference committee for the House and Senate to discuss differences.

Another concealed weapons measure, that would allow anyone to carry concealed without a permit if they were otherwise qualified to get a permit, has cleared both chambers and will formally be sent to Bullock’s desk soon.

Bullock has so far vetoed four bills this session. On Thursday, he also sent two bills back to the Legislature with suggested changes, known as amendatory vetoes.

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Dubs
Dubs

Guess his true colors are showing. Not a true Montanan....

whatruthinking
whatruthinking

hardly surprised... Bullock proves spineless once again. He would not stand up to the Feds when WE THE PEOPLE voted for Medical Marijuana. His first loyalty should be to the people of his state, but instead as the AG he let the FEDS raid and imprison many tax paying, law abiding Montana residents. The second amendment says "The right to keep and bear arms...shall not be infringed. The house and senate are just trying to reaffirm that we still believe in our constitution. Obullock and Obama r enemies of liberty. Lets get them out before we become the Socialist State of America.

blunt
blunt

You get what you vote for.

Longhorn Fan
Longhorn Fan

How long have people been hunting wolves in Montana? And all of a sudden they are worried about their ears and the noise when hunting wolves without a silencer? Are they worried about using a silencer when they hunt deer or elk? Or is the wolves' ears they are worried about? I don't think the wolves' ears are that sensitive-- maybe the wolf hunters don't want the wolves to know that they are around. Didn't wolf hunters get wolves before all this about silencers came up?

mike1
mike1

I'm glad at least the Governor has some common sense. The "gun rights" people who keep pushing for more "freedom" and more sophisticated weaponry for personal use are going to start a backlash from those originally slightly for or neutral on 2nd amendment rights, turning them against any gun ownership by these "nut cases". Be careful that you "crazies" do not get too greedy with your testosterone of weaponry, or else you will unleash "the hounds" against you, and lose what you have now.

old farmer
old farmer

Have you noticed, whenever people try to put a stop to the evermore government control slide, they are called loony's or worse by the liberal bunch? The U.S. constitution has no meaning to The majority in the senate.

Run - A- Mook
Run - A- Mook

@old farmer
i.e. senate they can't.
same liberal bunch.

snickers
snickers

Thank you Governor Bullock for giving some of these "looney tunes" the boot. They are an embarrassment on our great state.

dsrobins
dsrobins

The NRA gun goons in the legislature must really be biting their fingernails and chewing their knuckles now. Keep up the good work, Governor.

Kuato
Kuato

Bullocks veto shows us all that actions speak louder then words. He says he is for the second amendment but his actions speak louder then words. Do you think a politician would lie to us just to get elected? What do you think Montana ,are you going to tolerate another gun grabbing politician? Our legislature did the right thing, but our newly elected governor stabbed us in the back. It has become quite clear that bullock is just another tax and spend, run of the mill ,gun grabbing politician. What a betrayal to the citizens of Montana ,and a sure sign of things to come.

Longhorn Fan
Longhorn Fan

Kuato:: Be sure and let us know when your governor comes to your home and takes all your guns. I doubt if he or any federal agent is going to do that. Now some guy might rob you of your blessed guns, but it won't be any government entity. I think the gun nuts are paranoid. I don't have to worry-- I'm sane and I have had a background check (I worked Civil Service and had to have it).

Kuato
Kuato

Longhorn Fan so you have given your blessing to police state take over by the NWO, bully for you! You think your you and your family are safe now? And,no person is going to rob me of my guns. Your wrong about everything Longhorn Fan ,dead wrong !

tired of spin
tired of spin

This is the most bizarre thing I ever saw, as seems you do not need to prove you can shoot safely in public, were ever trained in the guns or the applicable laws, and is just a big vague. How frightening to have folks running about with loaded concealed guns the "feel qualified", perhaps we should test that basis of the law and allow drivers, to include big rigs same "rights" for year or so and look at results. This fiasco is only topped by the absurd silencer law to "protect shooters ears", it seems we want MT's to appear as stupid as those in WY? It would seem anything is for sale in legislature's little pond of fools, Worse yet it is a slap in face to the voters here to even consider such bizarre story as basis for law. Those that write such Bills are the best we can get for our future, I shall hope not, but nra buys and the elected sells.
BIZARRE and think about one of these folks pulling gun and up to 24 shots in a Mall of such as "fells qualified"? Know several vets that "feel qualified with 45, but admit could not hit wall with one, and the others, qualified with delusion of Wytt E etc, on our streets? Reality check please, as to how "otherwise qualified" is exactly what?.
Another concealed weapons measure, that would allow anyone to carry concealed without a permit if they were otherwise qualified to get a permit, has cleared both chambers and will formally be sent to Bullock’s desk soon.

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Longhorn Fan
Longhorn Fan

tired of spin:: Who is going to determine if a person is otherwise qualified? I just might determine that I am qualified, whether or not I am actually qualified. Would I be allowed to carry based on what I think of my qualifications? Heck, I couldn't shoot at a rabbit-- those big brown eyes did me in.

BWO
BWO

Thank you Governor for bringing some sanity and commonsense to the State!

Chuck Feney
Chuck Feney

Congratulations Governor. You just got your own file.
I will, in your very short reign in office, have as much fun with you as I did with Denny.
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A Load Of Bullocks

A load of bullocks named Governor Steve
Showed gun owners that he can deceive.
So in his next election,
He'll experience rejection
When the voters demand that he leave.

You see, Steve will, whenever he can,
Slow the world he's a Federal man.
He thinks it's real cool
To be Barrack's Groom of the Stool
And advance Obama's communist plan.
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Charles Ulysses Feney

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

C. U. FENEY --- please go to a dictionary, Wikipedia, whatever, and enter "doggerel". Your latest effort qualifies.

lakeguy406
lakeguy406

MontanaMuralist may be the biggest "Nutcase" out there.....

Roger
Roger

I'll second that!

montanamuralist
montanamuralist

Nice to have a check system to unconstitutional bills by the loonies in the Legislature....hopefully Montanans will see these clowns for what they are and start voting them out next election ( 2014) .......in the meantime citizens made sure to have a check in place. You can not require state officials to violate Federal law...unless you leave the Union...and form your own laws nut cases!!!!

MIsingleShot
MIsingleShot

I have no problem with the Governor vetoing this......Yet, it was good to see the MT legislature firing a shot across the bow of the out of control Federal Government. You may be on to something with your "leaving the Union” comment.

Roger
Roger

Federal powers are limited by the U.S. Constitution, but the feds seem to always be trying to assert authority that they do not have.

MiddleFinger
MiddleFinger


The Gov also vetoed bills that would allow 5-year olds to carry concealed weapons, giving second amendment rights to fetuses, exempt gun store owners from income tax, and dressing up like the Terminator while hunting elk.

Wake me when we're back in America.

Run - A- Mook
Run - A- Mook

@middle what ever

How is that dream store coming along.

I plan on going elk hunting next year,
do you or will have any Terminator suits
in stock?

BR
BR

At least somebody in the MT capitol building is sane.

Oh Please
Oh Please

Who would that be? lol

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