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.

Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Nominee to Lead the ATF Pulled Following Pressure from Daines

U.S. SENATE —  Following pressure from U.S. Senator Steve Daines, it has been announced that President Biden will pull his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman. Daines has been adamantly opposed to Chipman’s nomination since it was announced.  “I’ve been opposed to David Chipman leading the ATF from the start. He’s an anti-Second Amendment, gun-grabbing radical that should not lead the agency that regulates firearms,” Daines said. “I’m glad to see President Biden listen to my request and pull this nomination. I’ll always fight to protect Montanans’ Second Amendment rights.” In June, Daines took to the U.S. Senate

Daines: David Chipman’s Nomination is an Attack on Law-Abiding Gun Owners, Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate in defense of Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Daines urged his colleagues to oppose President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), David Chipman.   To watch and download the full speech, click HERE. Daines also urged the passage of the “ATF Accountability Act.” Daines’ remarks as prepared for delivery: “Thank you to my friend and colleague Senator Braun for leading this important discussion on protecting the Second Amendment rights of Montanans and all Americans. “Mr. President, today President Biden and Chuck Schumer

Daines Statement on Biden’s Overreaching, Gun Grabbing Executive Actions

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the below statement in response to President Biden’s executive actions limiting the gun rights of Montanans. “More gun control is not the answer. It infringes on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens and doesn’t go after criminals. Some of the most violent cities in America have some of the strictest gun control laws—they don’t work. Democrats want to defund the police and limit the rights of law abiding citizens, while Republicans want to support our law enforcement and protect the Second Amendment,” said Senator Steve Daines. Senator Daines discussed President Biden’s executive actions before the full

Daines Reintroduces Bill to Protect Law-Abiding Gun Owners, Defend Second Amendment

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced a bill to protect the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners. The bill would reform the “Firearm Owners Protection Act” (FOPA) to protect travelers who are transporting firearms across state lines. “Montanans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Daines said. “I will always defend the 2nd Amendment and work to strengthen protections for law-abiding gun owners, including the right to safely transport firearms. We’ve already seen President Biden threaten the 2nd Amendment and we must act now to protect these rights for all Americans.” Daines’ bill is cosponsored by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Michael Crapo (Idaho), James

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect 2nd Amendment, Law-Abiding Gun Owners

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to protect the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners. The bill would reform the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) to protect travelers who are transporting firearms across state lines. “This is about protecting law abiding gun owners and their right to safely transport their firearms,” Daines said. “Montanans want their 2nd Amendment rights protected and that’s what I’m fighting for.” To download audio, click HERE. Daines’ bill reforms FOPA to: Clarify the term “transport” as to include, “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and

Daines Fights to Protect Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his colleagues in supporting the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in other states that also have concealed carry laws, while abiding by the respective state’s laws.  “As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I will always fight to protect Montanans’ Second Amendment rights,” Daines said. “This bill is commonsense – it simply allows Montanans to exercise their constitutional freedoms while traveling across state lines.” The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and cosponsored

Daines Halts Attempt to Strip Americans of their Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stopped the Obama administration’s attempt to strip Social Security beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights.  In January 2013, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum directing federal agencies – including the Social Security Administration – to gather and submit information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on individuals who may be determined to be what NICS refers to as “mentally defective.”  In order for an individual to be deemed “mentally deficient,” a court, board, or other lawful authority is required to find that the person is a danger to themselves or others,

Daines and Bipartisan Bicameral Coalition Introduce Bill to Protect Law-Abiding Gun Owners

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2016, which transfers regulatory responsibility for non-military-grade firearms from the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  “The Obama administration is continually making attempts at restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns,” Daines stated. “Their latest heavy-handed policy unduly targets gunsmiths, most of whom make little to no income and simply do it for the love of the trade, or are small business owners who will be negatively impacted by this burdensome cost. This bill protects both our Second Amendment rights and our small businesses from government overreach.”   The Export

Daines: Stands up for Due Process, Stops Known Terrorists from Purchasing a Gun

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after supporting legislation that would take suspected terrorists off the streets.  “A known terrorist shouldn’t be able to board a plane or buy a gun,” Daines stated. “By ensuring that we investigate individuals on the terrorist watch list who are trying to buy a gun, we are upholding Americans’ constitutional rights while making our country a safer place.”  Daines voted in support of U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) proposal that would stop terrorists from buying guns while ensuring law-abiding citizens placed on a watch list by mistake don’t have their Second