PolitiFact calls out Senate candidate for saying opponent supports gun registry
By Andrew Shepperson
Matt Rosendale, Montana’s state auditor and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. (Photo: ABC News)
While announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Montana Republican Matt Rosendale took the opportunity to criticize his Democratic opponent Sen. Jon Tester for his Second Amendment record, but it turns out his comments may have been a bit hyperbolic.
“Tester believes that we should have a national registration so that the people of Montana should have to ask permission before they purchase a gun, ask permission from the federal government,” Rosendale, currently the state auditor of Montana, said in a July 31 interview on Voices of Montana.
However, PolitiFact did some digging on the matter and found the statement to be mostly untrue, giving Rosendale a solid Pants On Fire rating for his comments.
Tester did support an amendment, pushed by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2015, that would have extended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s background check database of those prohibited from owning firearms to include people on the U.S. government’s terror watchlist; and Rosendale pointed to this vote as evidence his comments about Tester supporting a gun registry were true.
While the terror watchlist has obvious flaws and has mistakenly listed innocent people, PolitiFact spoke to experts who argued it would not