Republican leaders are scrambling to prevent party members from discussing their new wacky gun proliferation ideas in public, but that hasn’t stopped GOP lawmakers from trying to pass them into law.
Already, Montana legislators are introducing what appear to be some of the exact same bills that went down in flames last session. We’ll know more when the drafts of these bills are made public, but here’s what’s out there so far:
Rep. Ted Washburn (R-Bozeman) is again proposing to legalize hunting with silencers.
Rep. Krayton Kerns (R-Laurel) is bringing back the bill to allow anybody to carry a concealed weapon around without a permit. (He’s also brought back the bill to give local sheriffs authority over the federal government in terror investigations.)
And new Rep. Alan Doane (R-Bloomfield) wants to “Encourage manufacture of ammunition in Montana to ensure availability.”
This is only the beginning. The legislative session doesn’t even start until January 7.