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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
Arlene Becker F
Joe Biden, Jr. F
John Bohlinger F
Gary Branae F
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic F
Sue Dickenson F
John Driscoll F
Robyn Driscoll F
Ron Erickson F
Tim Furey F
Kim Gillan F
Wanda Grinde F
Betsy Hands F
Robert Hawks F
Teresa Henry F
Galen Hollenbaugh F
Mike Jopek F
Christine Kaufmann F
Lane Larson F
Jesse Laslovich F
Dave McAlpin F
Bill McChesney F
Lynda Moss F
Barack Obama II F
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic F
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic F
Michele Reinhart F
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic F
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic F
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic F
Carol Williams F
Franke Wilmer F
Bill Wilson F
Brady Wiseman F
Shiell Anderson D
Shannon Augare D
Max Baucus D
Bob Bergren D
Robert Ebinger, Jr. D
Jim Elliott D
Julie French D
Steven Gallus D
George Groesbeck D
Robin Hamilton D
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic D
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican D
Debra Bonogofsky C
Bill Joseph C
Brian Schweitzer C
Patricia Banister B
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican B
Margarett Campbell B
Paul Clark B
Robert Dwyer B
Steven Eschenbacher B
Nick Ethridge B
John Fuller B
Malcolm Graham B
Dewey Hill B
Cynthia Hiner B
Roy Hollandsworth B
MT State Senate 22 Douglas Kary Republican B
Nick Mahan B
Bill Nooney B
Jesse O'Hara B
Lance Olson B
Donald Roberts B
Jack Sands B
Randen Schoppe B
Dorothy Simpson B
Bruce Tutvedt B
Ted Washburn B
NA U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Republican B
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican A
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican A
Kyle Austin A
Joe Balyeat A
Debby Barrett A
Russell Bean A
William Beck, Sr. A
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican A
Scott Boggio A
Joel Boniek A
John Brenden A
Roy Brown A
Taylor Brown A
John Brueggeman A
MT State House 67 Tom Burnett Republican A
Edward Butcher A
Ken Champion A
Jedediah Cox A
Gaspard Deschamps, Jr. A
Steve Dogiakos A
Neal Donaldson A
Michael Donohue A
Linda Frey A
William Glaser A
Tod Glenn A
Jeff Harding A
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk A
Gordon Hendrick A
Dennis Himmelberger A
Greg Hinkle A
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
Dave Kasten A
Krayton Kerns A
Harry Klock A
Deborah Kottel A
Bob Lake A
Kirk Lundby A
Gary MacLaren A
NC State House 34 Grier Martin Democratic A
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
Dick Motta A
Sarah Palin A
Michael Peroutka A
Kenneth Peterson A
Lee Randall A
MT State Senate 3 Keith Regier Republican A
Denny Rehberg A
Rick Ripley A
Wayne Root A
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican A
William Schubert A
Jim Shockley A
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
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican A
Ron Vandevender A
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican A
Wendy Warburton A
MT State Senate 36 Jeffrey Welborn Republican A
James Whitaker A
Craig Witte A
Ron Paul 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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