Today, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law banning enforcement of any new federal gun control. This represents a major step toward bringing such federal acts to an end within the state. Rep. Jedediah Hinkle (R-Belgrade) introduced House Bill 258 (HB258) on Jan. 27. The new law prohibits police officers, state employees, and employees of any political subdivision of the state from enforcing, assisting in the enforcement of, or otherwise cooperating in the enforcement of any new “federal ban” on firearms, magazines, or ammunition. HB258 broadly defines “federal ban” as “a federal law, executive order, rule, regulation that is enacted, adopted, or becomes effective on or after January 1, 2021, or a new and more restrictive interpretation of an existing law that existed on January 1, 2021, that infringes upon, calls in question, or prohibits, restricts, or requires individual licensure for or registration of the purchase, ownership, possession, transfer, or use of any firearm, any magazine or other ammunition feeding device, or other firearm accessory.” The new law also prohibits them from participating in federal enforcement actions and prohibit the expenditure or allocation of public funds or resources for such enforcement. HB258 was the second priority bill of the legislative session from the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA). A permitless carry bill was signed into law in February. The Senate passed HB258 by a 30-20 vote. The House passed the bill 66-33. With Gianforte’s signature, the law goes into immediate effect. “Let HB 258 be a signal to the policymakers in D.C. that Montana doesn’t need or want a raft of new federal gun control, and that we won’t help them enforce it if they send it our way (Senator Tester, are you listening?) Plus, we can always run our Sheriffs First bill again, if necessary,” said Gary Marbut in a post on the MSSA Facebook page. #2ndAmendment #10thAmendment #libertarian #montana #constitution