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Ryan Zinke on Gun Control

 

 


Fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms

As a third generation Montanan, I strongly believe in the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. I support current open carry and concealed carry permit laws. I also support national concealed carry reciprocity which would allow law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to carry in any other state that allows concealed carry.

I believe, as the Supreme Court confirmed in the Heller and McDonald decisions, that the Second Amendment guarantees our God-given right to self defense. This right should be extended to our national parks, national forests and other public lands.

Montana is famous for its hunting heritage. As a hunter myself, I will continue to oppose efforts by special interests to stop hunting. This includes efforts by radical groups to ban traditional ammunition. Big government continues to overstep local authority. This is not the Montana I know and love! I'm firmly against federal gun registration and a federal database of gun ownership or purchases.

Source: 2014 Montana House campaign website, RyanZinke.com , Nov 4, 2014

Background checks are prudent; military weapons aren't

Q: Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a license be required for gun possession?

A: No. I strongly support the right to bear arms for hunting and personal protection. I believe that background checks are prudent & necessary. I also believe that the sale of specialized military weapons should be banned for public use. I believe that in areas of high security, such as courtrooms, airports, and military bases, that concealed weapons should not be allowed."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

Opposes restricting guns, according to Faith2Action.

Zinke opposes the F2A survey question on gun restrictions

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q10 on Jul 30, 2014

Opposes restricting guns, according to PVS rating.

Zinke opposes the PVS survey question on gun restrictions

Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?'

Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q10 on Sep 30, 2014

Interstate transportation of firearms is federally prote.

Zinke co-sponsored H.R.131

Congressional Summary: On interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition:

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (NRA Institute for Legal Action, 1/16/15): Current federal law guarantees the right of law-abiding persons to transport firearms, regardless of state or local laws. Unfortunately, anti-gun local officials are using overly restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers who have made every effort to comply with the law, resulting in seized guns and sometimes arrests. HR 131 would make clear that I, including activities incidental to the trip such as temporary lodging.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (PopVox blog postings on HR 131):

Source: Bill sponsored by 27 House Members 15_H131 on Jan 6, 2015

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