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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 Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican A
Shannon Augare D
Kyle Austin A
Joe Balyeat A
Patricia Banister B
Debby Barrett A
Max Baucus D
Russell Bean A
William Beck, Sr. A
Arlene Becker F
Bob Bergren D
Joe Biden, Jr. F
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican A
Scott Boggio A
John Bohlinger F
Joel Boniek A
Debra Bonogofsky C
Gary Branae F
John Brenden A
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican B
Roy Brown A
Taylor Brown 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
Robyn 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
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
Roy Hollandsworth 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
John Johnson A
Tim 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
Christine Kaufmann F
MT State House 73 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
Mike Miller A
Carol Minjares A
Michael More A
Penny Armstrong Morgan A
Lynda Moss F
Dick Motta A
Bill Nooney B
Barack Obama II 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
Lee Randall A
MT State Senate 3 Keith Regier Republican A
Denny Rehberg A
Michele Reinhart F
Rick Ripley 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
Janna Taylor A
Rick Tryon A
Bruce Tutvedt B
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican A
Ron Vandevender A
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic F
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican A
Wendy Warburton A
Ted Washburn B
MT State Senate 36 Jeffrey Welborn Republican A
James Whitaker A
Carol Williams F
Franke Wilmer F
Bill Wilson F
Brady Wiseman F
Craig Witte A
NA U.S. Secretary of the Interior 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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