HELENA, Mont. -

A Montana Senate panel has taken up two gun measures already passed by the House, including one that would prohibit local law-enforcement officers from enforcing any federal ban on semi-automatic weapons.
House Bill 302 is opposed by law-enforcement officials, who call the measure a knee-jerk reaction to a potential federal ban that could lead to criminalizing officers for enforcing federal law.
The Senate Judiciary Committee also considered House Bill 205 Wednesday. That measure would allow hunters to use silencers or sound suppressors on their weapons.
Republican Rep. Krayton Kerns of Laurel is the sponsor of the measures.
The committee must approve both bills before they can move on to the full Senate.