Civil Liberties

Jon believes strongly in protecting Montanans’ constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms and right to privacy. He has voted to protect Americans against all forms of federal government overreach that violate these precious Constitutional freedoms.

As a gun owner, Jon is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He has supported bipartisan legislation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorist, and those found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others. He believes that we can keep our kids and communities safe without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. That is why he has also consistently voted against any type of database or registry of gun owners, opposed legislation that would prevent an individual from purchasing or possessing firearms without meaningful due process, and broken with his own party to oppose banning assault weapons.

Jon is also a strong protector of the right to privacy and has voted to prevent the government from intruding into the lives of Americans. He has fought hard to oppose mass government surveillance programs and efforts to allow law enforcement to access American’s personal information in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Jon has also fought to protect a woman’s right to make her own private health care decisions, and to keep politicians from telling Montanans how to live their lives.   

Lastly, Jon has worked hard to ensure that no American is discriminated against because of who they are or where they live. He is a cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would defend any Montanan from discrimination in core areas of everyday life including education, housing, and the use of taxpayer dollars.

Protecting Montanans’ Privacy is Aim of New Tester Bill
Senator’s bipartisan Government Surveillance Reform Act would protect Montanans from warrantless searches of data by government and law enforcement Continuing his longstanding efforts to protect Montanans’ freedom and privacy, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced new, bipartisan legislation to better protect Americans...
In Missoula, Tester Discusses Impacts of his Law to Protect Montana Hunter Safety Courses
Senator stood up to Biden Administration policy, protected funding for school archery, gun safety, and hunter education programs As a part of his continued work to protect hunter safety courses and Montanans’ Second Amendment rights, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today...
Tester Takes to Senate Floor to Protect Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights from Federal Overreach
Chairman: “It is not right that a DC bureaucrat at VA could take away a veterans’ legal right to their firearms simply because they needed assistance managing their finances.” Continuing his efforts to protect Montanans’ Second Amendment rights, U.S. Senator...