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Unpacking the ‘Montana Water Rights Protection Act’ S.3019 (video)

Dear Fellow Montanans,

For all of you that may be concerned about the future of Lake County, Montana, this should be of interest to you.

Back in 2015, the Montana Legislature passed the ‘Flathead Water Compact,’ the final Reservation Compact to be enacted in Montana.

However, for this to be finalized, it must be passed by the U.S. Congress. In December of last year, Senator Steve Daines and Senator Jon Tester introduced Senate Bill S.3019, ‘The Montana Water Rights Protection Act’, to do just that.

But, they have attached all kinds of other intents within the bill, that goes far beyond the main purpose, (which is to rehabilitate the Flathead Irrigation Project), like giving the National Bison Range to the CSKT Tribe and trading away Federal Land for the Tribe’s ownership of Montana State Land, which includes some of our most beloved State Parks.

Furthermore, the appropriation request is for $1.9 billion dollars. Yet, there is no available budget as to how this money is to be spent. FOIA requests for budget figures have been rejected.

The Lake County Commissioners, or the general citizens of the County, were never invited to be at the table in the crafting of this Bill. Also, many parts of the Bill are ambiguous and will lead to endless legal litigation.

Recently, the Lake County Commissioners held a public informational meeting at the Ronan Community Center. There must have been three hundred concerned citizens in attendance.

You can watch the entire 1-hour presentation by clicking play on the following video or link below. It is a very well-produced video and will present much-needed information for you. A big thank you to ‘David W. King Pictures, LLC’ for filming the meeting.

Unpacking the Montana Water Rights Protection Act (video)


Unpacking the Montana Water Rights Protection Act from David W. King Pictures, LLC on Vimeo.

After you watch the video, you may have concerns about Lake County’s future. Voice your concerns to our Congressman by calling or writing their D.C. offices. Stress that when S.3019 (MWRPA) comes before the ‘US Senate Indian Affairs Committee,’ the Committee needs to subpoena the leaders of Lake County to testify.

Here is our Representatives contact information…

Senator Steve Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2651

Senator Jon Tester
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
Tel: (202) 224-2644

Congressman Greg Gianforte
1222 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-3211

Thank you for your time and attention to his matter. Please share this information with all your friends, family members, and neighbors who live, work, and play in Lake County, MT.


A concerned, fifty-nine year resident of Lake County, MT.

Big Arm Conservatives
Montana USA

Reposted with permission from the author.

Lawsuit Against Lucky Gunner Alleges Underage Santa Fe Shooter Was Allowed to Buy Ammo – Accused Santa Fe shooter bought ammo for massacre online despite being underage, suit alleges.

The young man charged in the Santa Fe High School shooting rampage that left eight students and two teachers dead purchased more than 100 rounds of ammunition before the shooting on a website that never verified his age, attorneys alleged in an amended civil lawsuit filed Thursday.

The filing alleges that on March 2, 2018, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, then a 17-year old junior at Santa Fe High School, ordered 50 rounds of hollow-point handgun ammunition and 105 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition from the website Two weeks later, he purchased 35 additional rounds of shotgun ammunition from the same website, according to the suit.


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How will YOU celebrate this year? Let us know here!

Dear MSSA Friends,

Many of you wrote to say you liked my story about the political fix for storage of powder and primers in sporting goods stores. Thanks.

Since you liked that story, here’s one about the genesis of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms week of celebration coming up beginning on March 2nd.

In 1989 we had our first bill before the Legislature to give Montana a “shall issue” concealed weapon permit system. Up until then, there were very few permits issued in Montana. We lost that bill in 1989 because of some political chicanery – too long a story to tell here.

So, we came back to the 1991 legislative session with an improved bill and an improved plan to get it passed. I was very frustrated that it was difficult to get legislators’ attention to talk about our CCW bill. The Democrats had a majority in both the Senate and House and were using that power to cram through legislation opposed by Republicans. One particularly contentious bill, bitterly debated, was one to create a paid state holiday to celebrate civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

I had no position about King and the proposed holiday, although Rosa Parks is more my idea of a civil rights hero. The problem was that legislators were so wrapped up in the contention about the proposed King holiday that they couldn’t hold still to talk about our CCW bill.

I was sitting in the rotunda of the Capitol, waiting for the floor sessions of Senate and House to finish so I could find legislators I wanted to talk to about CCW. It occurred to me that given the relevance of the issues here in Montana, if we were to have a day to celebrate King, we should have a whole week to celebrate the RKBA and another week to celebrate our hunting heritage. So, sitting in the rotunda, I got out a legal pad and wrote two bills, one for a week in March to celebrate our RKBA and another for a week in September to celebrate hunting.

I handed off my two draft bills to legislator friends. Republicans loved these bills as a way to regain some political space lost over the King contest. Both bills flew through the Legislature and were signed into law by Governor Stan Stephens. So, Montana law ever since has set aside a full week to celebrate our RKBA, beginning with the first Monday in March of each year. Here’s the law in Montana:

1-1-224. Observance of right to keep and bear arms. The week beginning the first Monday in March is an official week of observance to commemorate Montana’s valued heritage of the right of each person to keep and bear arms in the defense of the person’s home, person, or property or in aid of civil power. During this week, all Montanans are urged to reflect on their right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate this right in lawful ways.

Oh, and we finally did get Montana’s “shall issue” CWP law passed and signed into law that session, maybe providing even more reason to celebrate our RKBA.

That’s the story and I’m sticking to it. Now you know what to celebrate in your area in the upcoming first week of March.

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana


How Do We Start a Second Amendment Sanctuary County or Create an Ordinance in Our City? [Video]

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