WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined Montana Shooting Sports Association president Gary Marbut in heralding the beginning of Montana’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms Week. Montana law stipulates: “Observance of right to keep and bear arms. The week beginning the first Monday in March is an official week of observance to commemorate Montana’s valued heritage of the right of each person to keep and bear arms in the defense of his home, person, or property or in aid of civil power. During this week, all Montanans are urged to reflect on their right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate this right in lawful ways.”
Rehberg, fifth generation Montanan released the following statement:
“The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a foundational part of Montana’s culture, and a key part of our liberty. This is why our Founding Fathers carved an explicit protection for our right to keep and bear arms into the Bill of Rights. But these rights don’t come from the government, although it is incumbent upon government to recognize them. The Bill of Rights is not an inventory of things for the government to do for us, but a list of things the government cannot do to us. As Montana’s Congressman, it’s my job to make sure the government never forgets that its power is limited.”
Marbut released the following statement:
“As we have seen from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Heller and McDonald decisions, the right to keep or bear arms is a fundamental right, pre-existing the Constitution, that the people have reserved to themselves from government interference – here government may not tread. The people of Montana both understand and appreciate the right to keep or bear arms, which is definitely something to celebrate.
When the various courts ponder what government incursions may be allowed into this cherished right, our answer is always that it “shall not be infringed” (US Constitution) and it “shall not be called in question.” (Montana Constitution) We assert that this language is the strongest form of prohibition the drafters could articulate using acceptably polite words.”