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Gun Rights A Major Hurdle For Curtis in Montana

Montana’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, hoping to keep the Big Sky blue, is taking heat for her stance on gun rights.  Amanda Curtis of Butte was recently nominated to replace John Walsh on the November ballot.

Despite her counterclaims, Amanda Curtis is no moderate when it comes to guns.  In 2013 she participated in a rally sponsored by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The Montana Shooting Sports Association released a statement last week to address Curtis’s record in the state House:

MSSA tracked 24 gun-related votes cast by Curtis in the Montana House last session.  Curtis voted anti-gun on 23 of 24 opportunities.  For that, she scored a miserable 2.6%.  A 59% score would have earned her an “F” on gun issues.  She is well below F-, if there is such a thing.

Curtis  voted:

NO on a bill to encourage manufacturers to move to Montana and create new jobs if those manufacturers make firearms (HR5).

NO on two bills to protect hunters’ hearing by allowing sound reduction for hunting (HB205 & HB27).

NO on a bill to prohibit the university system from suspending the Montana Constitution (HB240).

NO on a bill to allow investigators working for public defenders to carry firearms for self defense (SB133).

NO on a bill to exempt from criminal “disorderly conduct” charges a hunter who fires a shot at a deer or elk (even the Governor disagreed with her on this bill) (HB446).

NO on a bill to allow people located inside city limits the same ability for self defense as those outside city limits (HB304).

NO on a bill to allow a person eating at a restaurant that serves beer to provide for his or her self defense (HB358).

NO to medical privacy for gun owners (even the Governor disagreed with her on this bill) (HB459).

NO to preventing newspapers from publishing the private information about people who have been issued a concealed weapon permit by the local sheriff (the Governor disagreed with her on this bill too) (SB145).

Curtis is virulently anti-gun.  Her claim to support the right to keep and bear arms sounds like the beginning of another Walsh thesis.

In a state where firearms are frequently used as prizes in political fundraising raffles, just being  moderate on gun rights can present be a substantial obstacle to election.

Earlier this week The Blaze posted an infographic found on Reddit which illustrates a ranking from city-data.com of counties with the highest percentage of “residents that keep firearms around their homes”.

While not a scientific poll, that ranking places Yellowstone County at number fourteen on a list of the top thirty counties nationwide.  This issue alone could spell defeat for Curtis.


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Michael Mattson

Michael Mattson is State Editor for Watchdog Wire - Montana. He is founder and Executive Editor of The Hellroaring Review, an online literary journal that focuses on very short ("flash") fiction, as well as The Hellroaring Report, a news aggregator focused on the Mountain West and Northern Plains. Contact Michael at Montana@WatchdogWire.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Hell_Roaring

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