Jon Tester Voted for Second Amendment Restrictions in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mnuchin said the Treasury can extend the government's debt limit suspension period …
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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) voted for Second Amendment restrictions following the December 2, 2015, San Bernardino terror attack.

The measure Tester supported–S. Amendment 2908–was put forward by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who tried to use the terror attack as an opportunity to revive his failed post-Sandy Hook gun control push.

Amendment 2908 sought to restrict the Second Amendment by expanding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s prohibited buyers’ list. The amendment was also intended to enhance and expand background checks in general, thereby criminalizing a gun sale between neighbors, co-workers, or lifelong friends.

Tester voted for Amendment 2908.

The Montana GOP responded to Tester’s support of Amendment 2908 by releasing a statement:

Senator Jon Tester quietly voted for more gun control and greater restrictions on Montanans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It’s no wonder that Senator Tester tried to keep his anti-Montana votes a secret. After all, Tester’s votes show that once again, he is abandoning his promises to Montanans to prop up President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s liberal, anti-Second Amendment agenda.

Make no mistake — Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights are under attack from Senator Tester, President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Senator Tester’s anti-Second Amendment votes will only pave the way for extremists to push forward with their ultimate objective of further restricting Montanans’ lawful access to firearms.

Less than a year after voting for Manchin’s gun control Tester put his name on the dotted line again by voting for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control push.

Tester supported Feinstein’s attempt to add the no fly list to background checks. The gun control was ultimately defeated on the ground that it violated due process rights, but Tester stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Feinstein in an effort to secure it.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at



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