Press Releases

MSLF Responds to Grizzly Bear Ruling

Mountain States Legal Foundation Attorney Cody Wisniewski today offered these comments in response to a grizzly bear-related ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. “It is heartening to see the Ninth Circuit recognize the accomplishments of the grizzly bear recovery effort – specifically noting the successful recovery of the Yellowstone area species,” said Wisniewski…

Sheep Ranchers Face Extinction At the Hands of Big Green

Denver, Co — July 1, 2020 — Shepherds have herded their flocks on the slopes of southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains since before they became part of the national forest system. Domestic sheep and their wild cousins, the bighorn, safely and amicably shared these vast spaces for a century or more.  Now, however, professional green…

MSLF Granted a “Go” to Intervene On Behalf of Embattled Ranchers

Denver, CO — June 30, 2020 — Mountain States Legal Foundation has been granted the right to intervene on behalf of embattled ranchers in Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt, a case that could decide the future of livestock operations across significant swaths of Arizona and New Mexico.  “Anti-ranching groups for years have been weaponizing the Endangered Species…

Wisniewski Comments On Colorado Magazine Limits Ruling

Denver, CO — June 29, 2020 —  Mountain States Legal Foundation Attorney Cody Wisniewski  today offered the following response to the Colorado Supreme Court’s June 29 decision upholding the constitutionality of 15 round magazine capacity caps imposed in 2013. Said Wisniewski:  “It is deeply unfortunate, yet not unexpected, that the Colorado Supreme Court today upheld the State’s…

Mountain States Rides to the Rescue of Besieged Arizona Ranchers

Denver, CO — June 23, 2020 —  Mountain States Legal Foundation this week announced it is intervening in a case that could decide the future of livestock operations across significant swaths of Arizona and New Mexico. Ranchers there are fighting another attempt by organized extremists to drive them out of business, and off the public lands, this time using an allegedly…

Gun Retailers Successfully Fight Grisham’s Covid-19 Shutdown

Denver, CO — June 15, 2020 — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ended special restrictions on firearms retailers originally implemented during coronavirus shutdowns. Second Amendment advocates celebrated this important victory in the ongoing battle over gun owners’ rights in the state. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of New Mexico on…

Ranchers Win Early Round In Fight to Save Historic Cattle Drive

Denver, CO — June 15, 2020 — Wyoming’s last great cattle drive, the Upper Green River drift, began as scheduled last weekend, just as it has since the 1890s, after a federal judge rejected a preliminary injunction sought by anti-ranching groups that hoped to derail the annual event.   The injunction would have prohibited the lethal removal of documented nuisance bears on their summer grazing range, a regulated practice allowed under the…

Paige Joins MSLF Communications Team

Denver, CO — June 6, 2020 — Mountain States Legal Foundation this week announced a new addition to its growing communications shop. Sean Paige, a former editorial page editor at the Colorado Springs Gazette, who most recently handled press relations for Senate Republicans at the Colorado General Assembly, will lead the MSLF communications team. Paige has nearly 30…

Gun Retailers Will Be Allowed to Reopen Following Coronavirus Shutdown

Denver, CO — April 30, 2020 — Second Amendment advocates celebrated victory today in a battle over gun owners’ rights in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday afternoon that firearms retailers would be allowed to reopen on May 1st. Previously, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Grisham issued emergency shutdown orders for all non-essential businesses by…