A new city ordinance in Missoula, Mt. requiring background checks on all private gun sales is already gaining criticism from state leaders.
Both Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen and Attorney General Tim Fox are set to review the ordinance and judge whether it infringes on the Second Amendment. Both officials have stated that they believe that it does. Via KGVO:
In a recent story on KGVO, Jon King reported that speaker Knudsen considers the ordinance a challenge to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Knudsen says he has been concerned with Missoula’s proposed ordinance for over a year, and that the issue may come up in the next legislative session.
“The Second amendment and Firearms are a very big deal to me personally and I think that this is an important issue,” Knudsen said. “Any time you start messing with people’s Second Amendment rights, not only under thee Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but also under the Montana Constitution, people have the right to keep and bear arms…when you start messing with that, people get upset. I think there is definitely a possibility that the legislature could do something.”
Fox has already issued the following statement regarding the ordinance.
“Contrary to the opinion of the City Attorney, whom I respect, I believe that Missoula’s proposed gun control ordinance is prohibited by state law and likely violates our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
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