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Nov 25, 2013 8:18 PM by MTN News

Montana gun law subject of U.S. Supreme Court case

MISSOULA - A Montana activist is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court that threw out a Montana gun law.

The Montana Firearms Freedom Act would keep certain Montana-made guns free of federal regulation if they stay in Montana. But Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association says the lawsuit is about more than guns.

"Our lawsuit is designed to challenge the federal Commerce Clause power," Marbut said. "That is, the power given to Congress in the Constitution to regulate commerce among the state's, which has been construed to allow the federal government to prohibit any economic activity within state. And we think that that's a transgression."

The high court may say early next year whether it will hear the case.

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