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HELENA – Two Montana Democrats are leading the charge against gun control – and forcing former political foes to recognize that Democrats could be their strongest allies while the party controls Washington, D.C. U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have been taking the lead on issues that only the most ardent gun rights advocates were talking about.
Gun sales have skyrocketed around the Inland Northwest since the November general election, with gun shop owners citing fears that a Democratic president and Congress will tighten gun control. “The day after the election, it started,” said Terry Rogers, owner of All American Arms in Spokane Valley. “It was starting to build before that, but it just went crazy after the election.”
Gun sales have skyrocketed around the Inland Northwest since the November general election, with gun shop owners citing fears that a Democratic president and Congress will push gun control legislation.
Inland Northwest gun-rights advocates greeted Thursday's Supreme Court ruling as a long-awaited victory – though the victory was closer than they'd have liked, with the Supreme Court rejecting Washington, D.C.'s, handgun ban 5-4. "I think they followed the Constitution," said Terry Rogers, owner of All American Arms in Spokane Valley. "I was very disappointed it wasn't 9 to 0."
The city on Wednesday banned sales of so-called Saturday night specials, the cheap and easily concealed handguns criticized as the weapon of choice for criminals. The ordinance, approved 13-0 by the City Council, takes effect in 30 days and is similar to one enacted in neighboring West Hollywood. That law undergoes a court test Oct. 3 by the California Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. and the National Rifle Association.