Prohibiting FWP from regulating ammunition
Bill text coming soon.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has earned a
reputation for thinking of itself as an 800-pound gorilla. FWP
assumes it has authority to do anything the Legislature has not very
specifically forbidden under the very general authority of managing
wildlife. Recently, FWP presumed to propose a regulation to ban
the use of lead shot for bird hunting over thousands of acres of
Montana, with no scientific basis offered for the proposal. This
ban could well become only the first step in FWP banning all lead-based
ammunition, a serious threat to the right to bear arms in
Montana. This bill would clarify that FWP has no authority to
regulate ammunition type without approval by the Legislature.