Sen. Max Baucus votes with Republicans helping defeat gun laws

GALLATIN COUNTY

POSTED: 10:58 PM Apr 18 2013
Max Baucus
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Senator Max Baucus has been in office since 1978. Some political analysts predict he will face a tough re-election fight next Fall. Political analysts speculate that's one reason he bucked his party and voted with Republicans this week, helping defeat new gun laws.  

Baucus was one of just four Democrats turning down the vote, three of them are up for re-election in 2014.

Montana State University elections expert David Parker argues Baucus' "nay" vote is consistent with his political record.

"That didn't surprise me at all. I totally expected this to happen," said Parker.

Parker says the only time Baucus was not consistent in his stance on gun control was in the early 90's when he voted for the assault weapons ban.

Baucus almost lost his seat in the next election with the tightest victory of his entire career.

According to Business Insider, Baucus is now the only senator with an A-plus rating from the NRA.

Parker says he does not think Baucus changed his vote to win re-election, but says it will likely help him get votes.

"Some discussions outside groups are going to come in from the left and try to trash him in the primary, but i actually think that will only be helpful to him," said Parker.

We asked voters on Main Street in Bozeman if they would vote for Baucus based on his stance on gun control, most said yes.

"I would vote for him based on if he maintained his stance and again. I'm not against background checks by any means, but I'm against a one size fits all solution," said Simon.

For his part, Baucus said Montanans have told him "loud and clear" that they are overwhelmingly opposed to new gun control laws.