New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte continues to mislead voters about Rob Quist’s strong commitment to the Second Amendment, but Quist is the only candidate in this race who will defend our right to hunt on public lands and protect Montana’s public lands from private developers.
Quist earned a key endorsement from the Montana Sportsmen Alliance for his support for public lands and the Second Amendment.
Gianforte sued the people of Montana to eliminate public access to a stream near his property – closing off Montanans’ from the East Gallatin River – and refuses to outright oppose public land transfer. He also funded the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), a group that works to undo Montana’s Stream Access laws, as well as the Foundation for Research on the Economy and the Environment (FREE), the Heritage Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity – groups that want to privatize forests and sell public lands.
Additionally, Gianforte made millions off a company building a gun registry.
On the heels of a large rally at the Montana State Capitol, Yahoo News is reporting that a federal bill introduced in the United States House was withdrawn in part because of pushback from Montanans on any efforts to sell off public lands in Montana and across the country.
Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester both spoke at the rally to a crowd of over 1,000 Montana sportsmen and women, conservationists, and outdoor recreation and tourism business owners.
“This ain’t about politics,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Public lands are our heritage. They are our economy. They’re our quality of life. Montanans came from all corners of the state to send a strong message to Washington D.C. that our public lands belong to every Montanan and every American, and not the highest bidder.”
“The folks who try to transfer our public lands were once again overruled by those of us who hunt, fish, and float,” said Senator Jon Tester. “Outdoorsmen and women across the west spoke up and got Rep. Chaffetz to withdraw his very misguided bill. This is what happens when we all band together and make our voices heard. We won’t stop until every member of Congress commits to keeping our public lands in public hands.”
Montana’s outdoor recreation economy support 64,000 Montana jobs and nearly $6 billion in economic activity. Governor Bullock earlier this week highlighted a poll that confirmed overwhelming support of public lands in Mountain West states. You can view the full public lands study on the Colorado College website here.