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Governor vetoes bill barring gun ban enforcement

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 28 2013 02:45:24 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2013 02:54:49 PM MDT
Steve Bullock
HELENA, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local and state police from enforcing any potential federal gun bans.
    
House Bill 302 was backed by gun advocates who argued the state should be ready in case Congress enacts a gun ban. They say the measure would also send a strong signal that Montana opposes gun bans.
    
Bullock said in his Thursday veto message that it does not appear that Congress will ban assault weapons. Bullock called the Legislature's bill "unnecessary political theater."
    
He added that if House Bill 302 were used as intended, it would turn police into criminals for not cooperating with federal officers, as they are required to do.
    
Bullock also vetoed a bill that would allow wolf hunters to use silencers on their rifles.