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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Shooting Sports Association

2010 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 2 Mike Cuffe Republican B
MT State House 8 Steve Lavin Republican C
MT State House 11 Derek Skees Republican A
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic C
MT State House 34 Austin Knudsen Republican B
MT State House 37 Bill Harris Republican B
MT State House 37 Lee Randall Republican A
MT State House 53 Dennis Lenz Republican B
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican A
MT State House 67 Tom Burnett Republican A
MT State House 86 Ron Ehli Republican C
MT State House 88 Edward Greef Republican B
MT State House 93 John Fleming Democratic D
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican A
MT State Senate 3 Keith Regier Republican A
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican A
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican A
MT State Senate 12 Carlie Boland Democratic D
MT State Senate 13 Brian Hoven Republican A
MT State Senate 14 Kristin Hansen Republican B
MT State Senate 15 Ryan Osmundson Republican B
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic C
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican B
MT State Senate 22 Douglas Kary Republican B
MT State Senate 26 Margie MacDonald Democratic F
MT State Senate 27 Cary Smith Republican A
MT State Senate 29 David Howard Republican A
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic D
MT State Senate 32 Jedediah Hinkle Republican B
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic F
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican A
MT State Senate 36 Jeffrey Welborn Republican B
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic D
MT State Senate 38 Edith McClafferty Democratic D
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic F
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic D
MT State Senate 45 Dick Barrett Democratic F
MT State Senate 46 Sue Malek Democratic F
MT State Senate 47 Dan Salomon Republican B
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic F
MT Auditor Matt Rosendale Republican A
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican A
Jon Arnold C
Ron Arthun B
Shannon Augare C
Liz Bangerter B
Brian Barnett B
Paul Beck C
William Beck, Sr. A
Tony Belcourt D
Gerald Bennett A
Bob Bergren D
Tom Berry B
Anders Blewett D
Roy Brown A
Jackie Burgess D
Forrestina Calf Boss Ribs F
Eileen Carney F
Michael Comstock B
Dan Cox B
Robyn Driscoll F
Robert Ebinger, Jr. D
John Esp B
Patrick Faber B
Julie French D
Tim Furey F
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro F
Dennis Getz D
Wanda Grinde F
Alan Hale A
Betsy Hands F
Gordon Hendrick A
Cynthia Hiner B
Roy Hollandsworth A
Galen Hollenbaugh F
Chuck Hunter F
Pat Ingraham A
Verdell Jackson A
Larry Jent F
Bill Jones A
Bill Joseph A
Dan Kennedy B
Krayton Kerns A
Harry Klock A
James Knox A
Bob Lake B
Dave Lewis A
Timothy Linehan B
Cleve Loney B
Gary Lucero F
Gary MacLaren A
Jonathan Martin A
Tobias Martin A
Kandi Matthew-Jenkins A
Bill McChesney B
Tom McGillvray A
Jonathan McNiven A
Walter McNutt A
Robert Mehlhoff A
Mike Menahan D
Mike Milburn B
Mike Miller A
Doc Moore A
Michael More A
Terry Murphy A
Pat Noonan B
Jesse O'Hara B
Alan Olson A
Jerry O'Neil A
Carolyn Pease-Lopez F
Jim Peterson A
Kenneth Peterson A
Jason Priest A
Scott Reichner A
Michele Reinhart C
Donald Roberts B
Rachel Roberts A
J. Roundstone F
Trudi Schmidt F
Brian Schoof A
Jon Sonju A
Michael Sopuch B
Carolyn Squires F
Wayne Stahl A
Wayne Stanford D
Mat Stevenson B
Janna Taylor A
Ron Vandevender B
Kendall Van Dyk C
Russell Vogel A
Bob Wagner A
Edward Walker A
David Wanzenried D
Wendy Warburton A
Ted Washburn B
James Whitaker A
Franke Wilmer F
Art Wittich 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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