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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
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
Tom Burnett A
Edward Butcher A
Margarett Campbell B
Ken Champion A
Paul Clark B
Jill Cohenour F
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
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
Loren Jenkins A
Johnson A
John Johnson A
Mike Jopek F
Bill Joseph C
Dave Kasten 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
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
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
Diane Sands F
Jack Sands B
Randen Schoppe B
William Schubert A
Brian Schweitzer C
Jim Shockley A
Dorothy Simpson B
John Sinrud A
Wayne Stahl A
Donald Steinbeisser A
Ronald Stoker A
Rick Tryon A
Scott Vandevender, Sr. A
James Whitaker A
Carol Williams F
Bill Wilson F
Brady Wiseman F
Craig Witte A
Ryan Zinke B
MT State Senate 8 Shannon Augare Democratic D
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic F
MT State Senate 26 Robyn Driscoll Democratic F
NC State Senate 40 Malcolm Graham Democratic B
MT State House 81 Galen Hollenbaugh Democratic F
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic F
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic D
NC State House 34 Grier Martin Democratic A
MT State House 40 Bill McChesney Democratic F
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic F
MT State Senate 33 Mike Phillips Democratic F
MT State House 66 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic F
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic F
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic F
MT State House 63 Franke Wilmer Democratic F
MT State House 43 Duane Ankney Republican A
MT State Senate 27 Elsie Arntzen Republican A
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican A
MT State House 10 Mark Blasdel Republican A
MT State Senate 18 John Brenden Republican A
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican B
MT State Senate 22 Taylor Brown Republican A
MT State House 28 Roy Hollandsworth Republican B
MT State House 24 Brian Hoven Republican A
MT State House 60 David Howard Republican A
MT State House 13 Pat Ingraham Republican A
MT State Senate 14 Llewelyn Jones Republican A
MT State House 48 Douglas Kary Republican B
MT State House 58 Krayton Kerns Republican A
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican A
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican D
MT State House 84 Mike Miller Republican A
MT State House 18 Jesse O'Hara Republican B
MT State House 39 Lee Randall Republican A
MT State House 5 Keith Regier Republican A
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican A
MT State Senate 34 Scott Sales Republican A
MT State House 55 Cary Smith Republican A
MT State Senate 4 Jon Sonju Republican A
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican A
MT State Senate 3 Bruce Tutvedt Republican B
MT State House 67 Gordon Vance Republican A
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican A
MT State House 34 Wendy Warburton Republican A
MT State House 69 Ted Washburn Republican B
MT State House 72 Jeffrey Welborn Republican 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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