Governor Bullock Vetoes Missoula Ordinance Fix: HB325 – Now It’s Up To Montana Voters in 2020!

I don’t normally like to get political at this site. However, Bullock’s veto of this bill directly affects private gun sales and trades in Missoula due to their ordinance, and any other whimsical gun control measures cities may choose to adopt in Montana. Please see details provided by Gary From Montana Shootings Sports Association below and get ready to rally the troops in 2020…

I will provide followup for members in the comments below. Leave a comment to get notifications here in order to stay tuned in.

MSSA on Facebook: Dear MSSA Friends,

Yesterday (Friday, 5/3/19), Governor Bullock vetoed HB 325, the bill to prevent a patchwork of gun control laws across the state. The bill’s identical companion, HB 357 will cause the same thing to go to a vote of the people at the next General Election, in November of 2020.

It’s no surprise that the Governor was highly disingenuous in his veto message giving his reason for this veto. For example, he says HB 325 would allow felons to bring guns into schools, even though it’s illegal under federal law for felons to possess guns. (Yes, Bullock is reputed to have graduated from law school.)

So, Bullock is effectively arguing that a felon who would disregard committing another federal felony and disregard a state law prohibiting guns in schools (45-8-361), would be deterred from bringing guns into schools if only local governments are allowed to enact an ordinance for a local misdemeanor prohibiting that conduct. Right, as if felons spend their time first reading and then complying with local ordinances. Right, nonsensical.

There is much else nonsensical about the Governor’s veto message. In a separate effort, I’ll dissect and correct it in detail.

However, this veto message clearly telegraphs the exact lies opponents will make about HB 357 in the run-up to the 2020 election. Opponents will say, in various ways, that HB 357 will cause the end-of-life-on-Earth-as-we-know-it if voters vote for HB 357. They will lie repeatedly.

You and I will be fully responsible for explaining HB 357 to uninformed voters. Yes, that will be your job and the job of every one of your pro-gun friends. This will happen in a thousand one-on-one conversations you will have with other Montana voters between now and November of 2020. Anti-gun New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his minions will probably spend a lot of money in Montana propagating the same lies about HB 357 that Bullock used in his veto message of HB 325. Only you will be able to convince your friends and neighbors to vote for HB 357. I can’t do that for you, nor can MSSA, the NRA, or anyone else. Only you. Get ready.

So, I recommend that you begin to prepare by reading Bullock’s veto message at:

Again, I will prepare a detailed rebuttal of this veto message for your use, and get that to you soon.

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

Where Are My Ad Photos That I Uploaded?

I screwed up while I was cleaning up the media files on the site!

The media/ad photos folder size for classifieds was over 28 gigabytes! And that is all photos! That may not sound like much considering the purpose of this site. But our max server space at this free site is only 120 gigs. That server size costs us about $65 a month regardless. We have 5 websites on that same server and a very limited budget! Most of those photos were from old, expired ads from people who posted ads before we required registration. Hundreds of them in fact!

The tool I used to do the cleanup deleted quite a few of your ad photos too. I didn’t realize it until after I cleared the trash. Your featured and main photos seem to be intact but many of your others are gone. You will need to re-upload them to your ads.

Click Manage Ads from the menu and edit your ads and re upload your photos.

See this post for info on photo editing and setting photo order, featured photos, etc:

Unfortunately there is no way to recover them. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. Now that registration is required, this is much more manageable and we won’t ever need to do that again. You can beat me up or ask questions in the comments below.

If you’re not all bent out of shape and still like what you see happening here and want to help keep the dream alive, remember to Feature your ads, Donate or Shop through site sponsors to help fund this free Made in Montana Site!

Logged in Members Now Automatically Post Ad Links on The News Feed and Find Chat Buttons in Ads

Links to your posted classified ads will now appear automatically on the News Feed in addition to the ability to send INTERNAL Private Messages related to ads using the websites messaging system, rather than sending an email using the contact form.

If you wanted to allow other members to discuss your ads on the News Feed before this update, you had to copy and paste a link to your ad on the stream. That process is now automatic.

All ads posted will now automatically post a link to your individual ads to the News Feed attributed to you. It will state for example Randy posted a new ad and a link to your post. Other logged in members will then be able to react and comment or ask questions about it. Non-members cannot see them. Non members can still use the contact form in the ad the same as before.

You can delete the news feed posts if you choose. Click the drop-down in the top right and select delete to remove them.

The objective is to help encourage more engagement among members on the social network and to allow you to better promote your items.

When another member posts a comment or reacts to your post, you will get a notification by email and on site if you haven’t disabled it.

Click Notifications on your profile to adjust notification preferences.

See this post on the News Feed as an example and discuss amongst members ONLY.

Logged in Members also now have the option of using the website’s internal messaging system rather than the email contact form. Members will now see a CHAT button in ads. Clicking that button will open up a private message window.

The member will receive an email from the site stating someone has sent them a private message at the site and to check that message using a link.

How do I edit my ad photo order and set my featured or thumbnail image?

I’ve had this question asked a few times over the years and figured it was time to build a how to. Please ask questions and comment in the comments below so that other users can benefit. If you like what you see happening here and want to help fund this site, please Feature your ads, Donate or always Shop through the Sponsor Shop when you buy online to help fund this Made in Montana gun site.

Users who upload more than one photo can have them display in whatever order they want on their ad photo album. They can also set which image displays as their thumbnail image on the Classifieds page. The featured image also displays as the photo that displays when your ad is shared on other websites like Facebook and Twitter and even at this site in the Community News Feed.

#1 – To edit your uploaded image order or to change which of your images are featured, log in and click Manage Ads from the main menu.

#2 – Click and drag images to the same order you want them to appear in your ad. If that’s all you want to do, simply click Update at the bottom and you’re done. Your images will appear in your album in that same order.

#3 – To change which image displays as your Featured Image, click Edit on the photo you want to make the featured image.

#4 – On the edit image page, select Use this image as featured image. The click Update Description. The close the edit box.

#5 – Once back on the edit ad page, click Update again to make the changes stick. That’s it.

Visit the Classifieds page to make sure the Featured Image is the one you wanted. Repeat as necessary. Visit your ad to make sure that your photos appear in the order you want. These two functions are separate. Just because you upload in a specific order, that does not mean they will appear in that order. Simply click and drag them to appear in the order you want them to appear and reset the featured image however you want. Only ONE featured image per ad is possible.

Ask your questions about this function below. Send me a private message if you prefer to keep it private.

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While some updates were being installed on the site, registration was disabled and not re-enabled! If you’ve tried to register in the last few days but weren’t able to, please retry. It should work now, sorry.

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