Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. – Henny Youngman

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • SoS Corey Stapleton
  • Face the State
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton:

Over at The Montana Post, Don Pogreba writes about the new ad Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has running about voting by mail in Montana. Stapleton tells viewers to remember three things and one of them is to “always remember to sign” their ballots.

Pogreba rightly points out that here in Montana voters don’t “sign” their ballots, but they sign and date the envelope in which the ballot is placed and that any identifying marks on the ballot would be cause for rejection.

Corey, Corey, Corey – you had one job!

The other two things Stapleton told us about was to mail your ballot back early so it arrives by Election Day and never sign someone else’s ballot.

Maybe when he does a remake of this public service announcement, he can correct the signing the ballot language and also tell voters to place the proper postage on the return envelope (because the state is too cheap to pay for it.)

Face the State:

In case you missed it, Mike Dennison of MTN News was anchoring Face the State this weekend with an Election 2018 Preview.

His guests were David Parker associate professor of political science at Montana State University, Jeremy Johnson associate professor of political science at Carroll College, and political consultant Chuck Denowh of the Montana Group.

It was a pretty good show. Check it out HERE.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

Last night on 60 Minutes they examined a bill making its way through Congress called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

Here is the summary of the bill:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by any state or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

It already passed the House by a vote of 231-198. Montana’s only Representative in the House, Greg Gianforte, voted for the bill.

According to 60 Minutes, the bill has 40 sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

The 60 Minutes report says that pretty much anyone 18 years of age and not a convicted felon can carry concealed weapons. If the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act becomes law, they’ll be able to carry them legally across state lines and onto the streets of any city in America.

The only problem I see with this bill is that some states have pretty weak requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. I think they need to make the concealed carry rules the same in every state.

Other than that, I have no problem with the bill.

Read/Watch the 60 Minutes report HERE.