Montana AG on mapping gun sales by credit card companies

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen made his monthly appearance on KGVO’s Talk Back show Friday and filled the phone lines with questions and comments from callers.

One of the first questions was how recording firearms sales by credit card, which Knudsen says could have a chilling effect on the Second Amendment right to own and bear arms.

“What we have right now is another trick in the liberal Democrats’ playbook,” Knudsen began. “They can’t get their radical gun control agenda through Congress, so they can’t change the laws. So what are they doing? They are reaching out to private industry and private business, intimidating them and pushing them into adopting their awakening strategy.

Knudsen said the practice, once adopted, could be “weaponized” into a national registry of gun owners.

“It’s going to be militarized,” he said. “That’s what the Democrats want. They’ve wanted a list of gun owners for decades. Well, the problem with that is that it’s not allowed under federal law. The Office of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are not allowed to keep a registry or list of gun owners in the United States, and so to get around this law, this administration is doing that. They pressure credit card companies to do it for them.

A caller, speaking in favor of Montana Supreme Court nominee James Brown, asked Knudsen about recent Supreme Court rulings that struck down bills passed in the 2021 Legislature to provide more structure and protection to state election laws.

“We had election laws that were struck down,” he said. “Frankly, these are common sense election integrity laws and they were immediately challenged. These were overturned by a district judge (Michael Moses) sitting in Billings. You asked the question what happened? Well, that actually rose on appeal to the Supreme Court of Montana, and the night before last, the Supreme Court of Montana upheld that judge’s decision.

Knudsen was also challenged in his ongoing fight to stop the flow of fentanyl and other drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin entering the United States through the southern border.

“This is the first time in American history that we have a drug, fentanyl, that has completely saturated the American market,” he said. “This stuff is everywhere, and that’s backed up by our numbers, even here in Montana. Yeah, I think we can absolutely choke off a lot of that supply by getting our hands on the southern border. There’s no doubt about it, absolutely.

Knudsen referred to the fact that fentanyl overdose was confirmed as the leading cause of death among American adults aged 18 to 45 in 2021.

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