Friday, January 28, 2011

Today In "Shit State Legislators Say": Guns in the Mountain West

Ladies and Gentlemen, Montana Senator Verdell Jackson (R-Kalispell):
The president of the Utah Senate on Thursday debunked a Montana lawmaker's story about six gun-wielding Utah senators stopping an armed intruder there.

Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, a longtime legislator, said the incident recounted by Montana Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, is not true.

"No, the closest thing we had was the (Utah) Jazz Bear mascot come into a (House) legislative meeting one day and shoot a confetti gun," Waddoups said. "One of the representatives pulled his weapon, but it never came out."

Jackson is sponsoring a bill that would allow Montana lawmakers with concealed-weapon permits to carry their guns into legislative chambers. As an argument for his bill, Jackson told the Missoulian State Bureau earlier this week about the Utah incident as recounted to him by a Utah legislator at a national conference a decade ago.
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