Montana defends campaign finance law ahead of elections
MATT VOLZ, Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana attorneys are defending the state's new campaign finance law against a gun-rights organization that wants parts of it blocked before June's primary elections.
Attorneys for the National Association for Gun Rights and Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl argued Tuesday over a requested injunction against the Disclose Act passed by state lawmakers last year.
The Virginia-based gun-rights group says the law would force it to register as a political committee for making issue-advocacy statements that are protected by the First Amendment.
Assistant Attorney General Stuart Segrest says the law does not prevent groups from speaking, but it requires reporting and disclosure from those who do.
The gun-rights group is asking U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen for an injunction by May 15, three weeks from the June 7 elections.