Montana Shooting Sports Association Endorsements
Montana Shooting Sports Association Primary Election, 2016
Legislative Candidate Endorsements
Dear MSSA Members,
It has become much more complicated for anyone to become involved in the process of selecting and recommending quality candidates for public office. Given new laws, extensive new regulations implementing various laws, court decisions, and new legal theories about what is enforceable and needs enforcement, the path of conduct that is safe from enforcement action has become very narrow and twisting.
Therefore, I am being deliberately VERY careful about how I express my preferences for candidates in the 2016 Primary Election.
First, this is a communication to MSSA members, a First Amendment-protected exercise of Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of the Press, also protected from government regulation by various sections of Article II of the Montana Constitution.
Second, this is a private and personal effort of mine, with no support from any corporation.
Third, no funds are expended to send the email advising MSSA members of this page or to post this page (beyond a deminimis expenditure estimated on the order of 5/100ths of one cent [$.0005] – see Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church of East Helena, Inc. v. Unsworth.)
Fourth, no candidates endorsed here have solicited an endorsement or promised anything in return for an endorsement. Conversely, I have not asked anything specific of candidates in return for an endorsement or promised anything to any endorsed candidates. I have only evaluated the level of interest of candidates in issues of interest to gun owners from the candidates’ voting records, returned candidate questionnaires, and other available information.
Fifth, no copyright is asserted over the material contained here and anyone is welcome to accurately copy, reprint, repost, or recite any part or all of the information contained here, including candidates for public office, endorsed or not. Although this information is intended primarily for MSSA members, it is considered to be in the public domain upon posting.
The candidate evaluations contained here are made from information available about candidates, including voting records for those who have served in office, candidate questionnaires returned by candidates, and other information available from various sources.
Candidates are evaluated solely upon how well they understand, how strongly they feel about, and how fervently they support the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Only candidates with a primary challenge are considered for the Primary Election, and there is not a favored candidate in every Primary-challenged race. Some Primary-challenged candidates may have equal opponents, or I may have no voting record or returned candidate questionnaire from either candidate in a Primary race.
The candidates who are featured here are selected because I have solid information about them and in some cases none about their opponent(s), and because the favored candidate is known to be a strong and reliable advocate for our constitutionally-protected Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
I strongly urge all MSSA members and other concerned gun owners to favor and support these selected candidates who have a Primary challenge. The Primary Election happens soon, in the first week of June, and absentee ballots are going out now. Get active. Seek out these candidates. Send them much-needed money for their campaigns. Work for these candidates. Spread the word to all of your gun-owning friends. Do it immediately!
Here are the preferred candidates for the Montana Senate:
SD3 Keith Regier
SD7 Jennifer Fielder
SD10 J.C. Kantorowicz
SD15 Ryan Osmundson
SD18 Steve Hinebauch
SD26 Joshua Rich Kotter
SD28 Tom Richmond
SD36 Dale Stewart
SD38 Sam Kitzenberg
SD40 Carl Garcia
Here are the preferred candidates for the Montana House of Representatives:
HD5 Chet Billi
HD10 Mark Ray Noland
HD11 Derek Skees
HD14 Charles Woolley
HD17 David Brownell
HD19 Randy Pinocci
HD20 Sheridan Buck
HD22 Lola Sheldon-Galloway
HD33 Casey Knudsen
HD35 Scott Staffanson
HD36 Alan Doane
HD37 Bill Harris
HD40 Barry Usher
HD44 Dale Mortensen
HD45 Daniel Zolnikov
HD68 Art Wittich
HD69 Phil Olson
HD71 Robert Wagner
HD72 Brooke Erb
HD80 Patrick N. Johnson
HD85 Theresa Manzella
HD92 Randy C. Vannoy
Gary Marbut, for the
Montana Shooting Sports Association Political Committee