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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Shooting Sports Association

2000 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
ID State Senate 2 Steve Vick Republican A
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic F
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican B
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic D
MT State Senate 44 Fred Thomas Republican A
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic B+
Darrel Adams A
Joan Andersen B+
Keith Bales A
Joe Balyeat A+
Debby Barrett B
Rodney Bitney A
Norma Bixby D
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke A
Roy Brown A-
John Brueggeman A
Edward Butcher A
Rosalie Buzzas C-
Eileen Carney B-
Gilda Clancy A
Edith Clark A
Paul Clark A
John Cobb C
Vicki Cocchiarella F
Aubyn Curtiss A+
Larry Cyr C
Bob Davies A+
Thomas Dell D
Robert DePratu A-
Bill Eggers D
Jim Elliott D
Ron Erickson F
John Esp B+
Stanley Fisher A
Gary Forrester A
Daniel Clint Fuchs A
Steven Gallus D
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro C-
Kim Gillan C
William Glaser A-
George Golie B+
Gail Gutsche D
Richard Haines A
Dan Harrington C
Donald Hedges A
Linda Holden A-
Joan Hurdle F
Verdell Jackson A
Hal Jacobson C+
Larry Jent A-
Royal Johnson C
Dave Kasten A-
Christine Kaufmann F
Sam Kitzenberg A-
Richard Laible A-
Jesse Laslovich B
Jeff Laszloffy A
Ralph Lenhart C-
Dave Lewis A-
Monica Lindeen B+
Dale Mahlum B-
Jeff Mangan D
Gay Ann Masolo A
Gary Matthews B+
Matt McCann D
Bea McCarthy B
Daniel McGee A
Joe McKenney A
Walter McNutt B
Doug Mood A
Linda Nelson B+
Mark Noennig C
Alan Olson B+
Jerry O'Neil A
Jeffrey Pattison A
Arthur Peterson B-
William Price D
Diane Rice A
N. Allen Rome A
Trudi Schmidt F
Clarice Schrumpf C
Debbie Bowman Shea F
Jim Shockley A
Elaine Sliter A+
Roger Somerville A
Mike Sprague A
Robert Story, Jr. A
Bill Tash A
Mike Taylor B
William Thomas B
Joseph Tropila C-
Durward Waddill A
Karl Waitschies C-
Allan Walters A
David Wanzenried A
John Witt A
Cindy Younkin A
Tom Zook 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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