Jon was raised with a deep appreciation for the rich outdoor heritage of Montana. As a farmer, he is a lifelong gun-owner.
For Jon, the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment are a fundamental part of America’s freedom. That’s why he has a record of strengthening responsible gun rights for all law-abiding Americans, regardless of where they live.
As Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Jon earned an A rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). He was also named the 2011 “Legislator of the Year” by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for his success in fighting for gun rights.
In 2008, Jon led a bipartisan effort to push the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Washington, D.C.’s long-standing ban on gun ownership. The Court agreed and found the restrictions unconstitutional (Heller v. District of Columbia).
A year later, Jon led a successful bipartisan effort to convince the Supreme Court to strike down state and local government restrictions on gun ownership. Jon filed a 59-page brief with the Court that had the signatures of 309 members of Congress — more than any friend-of-the-court brief in U.S. history. The Court struck down the restrictive gun laws in a decision Jon called “a victory for all Americans” (McDonald v. City of Chicago).
Jon held the Defense Department’s feet to the fire when the Department was accused of selling reloadable brass ammunition shells directly to private companies, instead of putting them to a public bid. Jon confronted the Department, pointing out that the law required a public bid so individuals and small companies could purchase the brass. Within hours, the Defense Department changed its policy.
Jon has introduced legislation to allow American-made guns that were given or sold to a foreign government to be re-imported and sold in the U.S. — an idea endorsed by the NRA.
To this day, Jon continues his efforts to protect to the Second Amendment rights of every law-abiding citizen in this country. He backed legislation to allow law-abiding gun owners to transport firearms through national parks, to protect hunting on public lands, and to allow Americans with concealed weapon permits reciprocity in other states.