The Montana Daily Gazette covered the story last week of Carter County Health Department officials implementing draconian and unconstitutional orders as a part of their coronavirus panic, including nearly shutting Ekalaka’s only grocery store, making surprise visits to homes demanding to know who was visiting, and ordering people to ask permission of before leaving the county. Sheriff Neil Kittelmann, in response to our questions about shutting churches, said, “A whole bunch of stuff goes out the window in an emergency. I would think common sense tells you our rights go away.”
Apparently another right that has been tossed out the window by the unconstitutional sheriff and fascist health nurse, Raquel Williams, is hunting.
Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association warned Governor Bullock in an open letter that any infringement of the hunting rights of Montanans was not to be tolerated.
Marbut said, “Montana people will NOT comply. Yes, there is a point beyond which the tolerance of Montanan people simply will not go. By trying to stop hunting you would just create more outlaws and disrespect for government and law, as happened during Prohibition.”
Apparently Raquel Williams of Carter County did not get the memo, because she unilaterally canceled hunting season by the fiat of being a nurse.
Montana Daily Gazette has been in contact with a Richland County resident whose relatives’ rights are being challenged by the Carter County Health Nurse and her muscle, Sheriff Neil Kittelmann.
Kittelmann insisted on the phone that the 9th Amendment says they can restrict travel into the county and punish people for hunting (it most certainly does not). This is the same sheriff who said “rights go away” in a pandemic.
Article IX Section VII of the Montana Constitution states, “The opportunity to harvest wild fish and wild game animals is a heritage that shall forever be preserved to the individual citizens of the state and does not create a right to trespass on private property or diminution of other private rights.”
Should the Carter County Sheriff enforce these unconstitutional orders of the health nurse, contrary to the Montana Constitution and exceeding Governor Bullock’s orders, it is suggested by some that many of Montana’s Second Amendment advocates will descend upon Carter County to depose the sheriff and restore law and order to Carter County.
[Update: An earlier edition of this article claimed the sheriff was threatening to arrest hunters. The latest information indicates that the health nurse acted without knowledge of the sheriff, and the sheriff has since defended her decision, but it is unclear how far he will go to enforce her order and this latest hour]