Although Montana isn’t a heavy-hitter when it comes to the electoral college, no state can be overlooked in the hotly contested 2020 presidential race. Bernie Sanders has devoted a portion of his website to Montanan voters and made campaign stops in Montana for Democrat candidate Rob Quist in 2017, a move that had as much to do with his own aspirations as with Quist’s. Make no mistake about it; if elected Bernie Sanders is promising to take away Montana’s civilian sporting rifles which he refers to as “assault weapons.”
At the New Hampshire presidential debate, Sanders told the crowd that he had moved leftward with the rest of the Democratic Party on guns in the last two years, saying, “Until the last — two years ago — we had virtually no gun control legislation at all, and I represented that perspective. The world has changed, and my views have changed. And my view is right now, we need universal background checks. We end the gun show loophole. We end the so-called strawman provision. We make certain that we end the sale and distribution of assault weapons in this country.”
Sanders’ website promises to make the following policy initiatives a presidential priority, if elected:
- Expand background checks.
- End the gun show loophole. All gun purchases should be subject to the same background check standards.
- Ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons. Assault weapons are designed and sold as tools of war. There is absolutely no reason why these firearms should be sold to civilians.
- Prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines.
- Implement a buyback program to get assault weapons off the streets.
- Regulate assault weapons [meaning your common AR15] in the same way that we currently regulate fully automatic weapons — a system that essentially makes them unlawful to own. [emphasis added]
- Support “red flag” laws and legislation to ensure we keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers
- Ban the 3-D printing of firearms and bump stocks
Sanders seems unable to distinguish between fully-automatic firearms and civilians versions, but he remains intent on taking away firearms from lawful gun owners in Montana and around the country.