Montana Lawmakers Consider Bill Blocking Fed’s Semi-Auto Gun/Mag Ban

AP Photo/Allen Breed
AP Photo/Allen Breed

On January 27, Montana lawmakers heard testimony on Representative Art Wittich’s (R-Bozeman) House Bill 203, which prohibits the state from enforcing any federal ban “on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines.”

HB 203 is titled the “Montana Federal Semiautomatic Firearm and Large Magazine Enforcement Prohibition Act.”

According to, the act would “prohibit the state from enforcing, assisting in the enforcement of or otherwise cooperating in the enforcement of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large capacity magazines.”

This is nullification, whereby a state rejects the enforcement of a law or laws within its borders after being convinced said law/laws violate(s) the federal government’s constitutional authority.

Rep. Wittich said: “Citizens are increasingly realizing that the federal government is inventing ‘authority’ over their rights, including [the rights] under the 2nd Amendment. States are similarly realizing they can and must refuse to participate in these improper regulatory expansions.”

HB 203 has now been referred to Montana’s House Judiciary Committtee.

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