Second Amendment

As a lifelong sportsman, I am committed to protecting the right to bear arms for law-abiding individuals in Montana and across our country. I strongly oppose any efforts from Washington to restrict our Second Amendment rights and our way of life in Montana, and I will work to ensure that Congress protects the Constitutional rights of the thousands of Montanans who safely and lawfully possess or use a firearm.

I believe private-sale background checks, banning modern sporting rifles, semi-automatic pistols, semi-automatic shotguns, high capacity magazines, and other attachments, among other proposals, would not change the underlying problems behind violent crimes. I believe we need to strictly enforce current laws forbidding potentially dangerous persons from possessing a firearm, but I will continue to stand firmly against any proposal that undermines Montanans’ Second Amendment rights.

Daines Blasts Biden Administration for Latest Attack on Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

Biden Administration’s proposed rule would skirt Congress, implement unlawful background checks U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland opposing the Biden Administration’s proposed rule that any Montanan who sells a firearm for a profit to any person, including family, could be classified as a firearm ‘dealer’ and be forced to get a federal license, conduct a background check, and complete gun registration paperwork by the federal government. This proposed rule is an attempt to go around Congressional authority and rewrite a settled law in an attempt to implement backdoor universal background checks. “President Biden’s new proposed rule would create a loophole

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Biden Administration from Implementing Gun-Grabbing Agenda

Bill would stop administration from using a public health emergency as a loophole to impose gun control measures U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues to introduce the “Protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act” to prevent President Biden and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from declaring a public health emergency to impose gun control. Earlier this month, the Governor of New Mexico instituted a public health emergency for the purposes of suspending the 2nd Amendment-protected carrying of firearms. This comes after years of activist groups encouraging the Biden administration, specifically HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, to take the same path

Daines Calls Out Biden for Attacking Montana School Hunting, Archery Programs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to withdraw its outrageous plan to block funding for Montana elementary and secondary school hunting and archery programs. The letter condemns the Biden administration’s purposeful misinterpretation of last year’s gun control bill to justify blocking funding for Montana schools with these outdoor recreation programs. More than 500,000 students participate and are certified through hunter education courses each year in the U.S. These important programs help students learn how to handle firearms safely — in turn, decreasing firearm-related injuries and accidents. In the letter, the senators

Daines Fights for Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

Joins Colleagues in Demanding Answers for Shipping Policies Targeting Firearms and Ammunition U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined his colleagues in sending letters to major shipping companies regarding their policies surrounding firearms and ammunition. Over the past year, several large freight and shipping companies have implemented policies that discriminate against the firearm and ammunition industries, ranging from prohibiting shipments containing certain firearm parts to total bans on firearms and ammunition. “[DHL/XPO Logistics/Saia’s] policy is an affront to the Second Amendment and discriminates against the millions of law-abiding citizens, including many of our constituents, who utilize and value their constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” the Senators wrote.  “Your policy

Daines, Colleagues Stand With Sportsmen, Reintroduce Bill to Stop the Ban of Traditional Ammo & Tackle

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a group of 23 of his colleagues to introduce a bill to prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from banning the use of traditional lead ammunition or tackle on public lands unless such action is supported by the best available science and state wildlife and fish agencies. “Sportsmen are the original conservationists and play an important role in wildlife management—the last thing we should do is limit their access to public lands by implementing a blanket-ban on traditional ammo and tackle, reduce revenue for important state wildlife

Daines Leads Colleagues to Crack Down on Anti-Second Amendment Woke Corporations

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a group of his colleagues today in introducing the “Firearm Industry Non-Discrimination Act” to stop the federal government from entering into contracts with entities that promote anti-Second Amendment policies. “The Constitution is clear—the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, especially not by woke corporations that are taking Montanans’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars. We must send a clear message to these anti-Second Amendment companies that infringing on Americans’ Constitutional rights is unacceptable,” Daines said. Read the “FIND Act” bill text HERE. Senators Jim Risch (Idaho), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Roger Marshall (Kans.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Mike Crapo

Daines Protects Montanans’ 2nd Amendment Rights from Unelected Gun-Grabbing Bureaucrats

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce two bills to fight back against the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) recently announced unconstitutional federal registry for firearms with stabilizing braces. “The ATF has proven time and time again that they are hellbent on carrying out President Biden and Senate Democrats’ unconstitutional gun grabbing agenda. I will not standby as Washington bureaucrats seek to strip Montanans of their constitutional rights, and this new pistol brace rule is just the next step in their plan to undermine law abiding Montanans’ right to keep and bear arms,” Daines said.  The Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act will remove the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation of firearms such as Short

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill to protect Montanans’ right to conceal carry firearms across state lines.  “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed under our Constitution—no state should be able to take that right away. My bill would ensure that every state honors Montanans’ right to self defense and the Second Amendment through concealed carry reciprocity,” Daines said.  Daines’ “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” would allow for those who live in a concealed carry or Constitutional carry state to carry in other states. “Senator Daines’ Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is a critical piece of legislation that will empower gun owners

Daines Votes Against More Gun Control for Law Abiding Montanans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted against the gun control bill in order to protect law-abiding Montanans’ Second Amendment rights.   Download a video statement HERE.  “To keep our kids safe, we need to be focused on securing and protecting our schools—not more gun control. While I support investing in school safety, school counseling and mental health, I do not support policies that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Montanans. I will always defend Montanans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Daines said.  ###  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen