Montana Bill to Help Block Federal Militarization of Police Signed into Law

Tenth Amendment Center | April 23, 2015

A bill that would heavily diminish the effect of federal programs that militarize local police was signed into law today.

Introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Superior), House Bill 330 (HB330) bans state or local law enforcement from receiving significant classes of military equipment from the Pentagon’s “1033 Program.” It passed by a 46-1 vote in the state Senate and by a 79-20 vote in the state House. Today, Gov. Steve Bullock signed it into law.

The new law will prohibit state or local law enforcement agencies from receiving drones that are armored, weaponized, or both; aircraft that are combat configured or combat coded; grenades or similar explosives and grenade launchers; silencers; and “militarized armored vehicles” from federal military surplus programs.

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