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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Shooting Sports Association

2008 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican D
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican A
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican B
MT State Senate 3 Bruce Tutvedt Republican B
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican A
MT State House 4 Keith Regier Republican A
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican A
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican A
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican A
MT State Senate 13 Brian Hoven Republican A
MT State Senate 17 John Brenden Republican A
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican A
MT State Senate 22 Douglas Kary Republican B
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic F
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican A
MT State House 27 Roy Hollandsworth Republican B
MT State Senate 27 Cary Smith Republican A
MT State Senate 28 Taylor Brown Republican A
MT State Senate 29 David Howard Republican A
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic F
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic F
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican A
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican A
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican A
MT State House 37 Lee Randall Republican A
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic F
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic D
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic F
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic F
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic F
MT State House 67 Tom Burnett Republican A
MT State House 72 Jeffrey Welborn Republican A
MT State House 80 Mike Miller Republican A
MT U.S. House At-Large Ryan Zinke Republican B
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican A
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic F
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic F
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic F
NC State House 34 Grier Martin Democratic 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

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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