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

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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