Rating Group: Montana Shooting Sports Association

2008 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R D
MT U.S. House-At-Large Ryan Zinke R B
MT State House-4 Keith Regier R A
MT State House-27 Roy Hollandsworth R B
MT State House-37 Lee Randall R A
MT State House-67 Tom Burnett R A
MT State House-72 Jeffrey Welborn R A
MT State House-80 Mike Miller R A
MT State Senate-1 Chas Vincent R A
MT State Senate-2 Dee Brown R B
MT State Senate-3 Bruce Tutvedt R B
MT State Senate-4 Mark Blasdel R A
MT State Senate-6 Janna Taylor R A
MT State Senate-9 Llewelyn Jones R A
MT State Senate-10 Rick Ripley R A
MT State Senate-13 Brian Hoven R A
MT State Senate-17 John Brenden R A
MT State Senate-20 Duane Ankney R A
MT State Senate-22 Douglas Kary R B
MT State Senate-25 Robyn Driscoll D F
MT State Senate-26 Elsie Arntzen R A
MT State Senate-27 Cary Smith R A
MT State Senate-28 Taylor Brown R A
MT State Senate-29 David Howard R A
MT State Senate-31 Mike Phillips D F
MT State Senate-33 Jennifer Pomnichowski D F
MT State Senate-34 Gordon Vance R A
MT State Senate-35 Scott Sales R A
MT State Senate-36 Debby Barrett R A
MT State Senate-37 Jon Sesso D F
MT State Senate-38 Jim Keane D D
MT State Senate-40 Christine Kaufmann D F
MT State Senate-42 Jill Cohenour D F
MT State Senate-49 Diane Sands D F
MT Budget Director Dan Villa D F
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake R A
NA President Barack Obama II D F
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D F
NC State House-34 Grier Martin D A
Shiell Anderson D
Shannon Augare D
Kyle Austin A
Joe Balyeat A
Patricia Banister B
Max Baucus D
Russell Bean A
William Beck, Sr. A
Arlene Becker F
Bob Bergren D
Scott Boggio A
John Bohlinger F
Joel Boniek A
Debra Bonogofsky C
Gary Branae F
Roy Brown A
John Brueggeman A
Edward Butcher A
Margarett Campbell B
Ken Champion A
Paul Clark B
Jedediah Cox A
Gaspard Deschamps, Jr. A
Sue Dickenson F
Steve Dogiakos A
Neal Donaldson A
Michael Donohue A
John Driscoll F
Robert Dwyer B
Robert Ebinger, Jr. D
Jim Elliott D
Ron Erickson F
Steven Eschenbacher B
Nick Ethridge B
Julie French D
Linda Frey A
John Fuller B
Tim Furey F
Steven Gallus D
Kim Gillan F
William Glaser A
Tod Glenn A
Malcolm Graham B
Wanda Grinde F
George Groesbeck D
Robin Hamilton D
Betsy Hands F
Jeff Harding A
Ray Hawk A
Robert Hawks F
Gordon Hendrick A
Teresa Henry F
Dewey Hill B
Dennis Himmelberger A
Cynthia Hiner B
Greg Hinkle A
Galen Hollenbaugh F
Pat Ingraham A
Loren Jenkins A
Johnson A
John Johnson A
Mike Jopek F
Bill Joseph C
Dave Kasten A
Krayton Kerns A
Harry Klock A
Deborah Kottel A
Lane Larson F
Jesse Laslovich F
Kirk Lundby A
Gary MacLaren A
Nick Mahan B
Dave McAlpin F
Bill McChesney F
Tom McGillvray A
Walter McNutt A
Scott Mendenhall A
Mike Milburn A
Carol Minjares A
Michael More A
Penny Armstrong Morgan A
Lynda Moss F
Dick Motta A
Bill Nooney B
Jesse O'Hara B
Lance Olson B
Sarah Palin A
Ron Paul A+
Michael Peroutka A
Kenneth Peterson A
Denny Rehberg A
Michele Reinhart F
Donald Roberts B
Wayne Root A
Jack Sands B
Randen Schoppe B
William Schubert A
Brian Schweitzer C
Jim Shockley A
Dorothy Simpson B
John Sinrud A
Jon Sonju A
Wayne Stahl A
Donald Steinbeisser A
Ronald Stoker A
Rick Tryon A
Scott Vandevender, Sr. A
Wendy Warburton A
Ted Washburn B
James Whitaker A
Carol Williams F
Franke Wilmer F
Bill Wilson F
Brady Wiseman F
Craig Witte A

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