Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Constitutional Carry Passes Montana House

From the NRA:
Permitless Carry Passes Montana House; Pending in State Senate

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today, the state House voted 69 to 29 to adopt the Conference Committee report for NRA-supported House Bill 271. Sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-Laurel), the current language of HB 271 simply says that the prohibition on concealed carry does not apply to “a person who is eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.”

Existing law allows any person who can legally own and possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state, including within city limits. Additionally, law-abiding citizens are authorized to carry firearms concealed, without a permit, anywhere outside city limits. Law-abiding citizens do not suddenly turn into criminals when they cross the arbitrary boundary into a city. It makes no sense to allow them to carry concealed without a permit on one side of the line but not the other!

HB 271 is still pending for a vote in the state Senate to concur on the Conference Committee report. Please contact your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support the Conference Committee amendment to House Bill 271. Legislators can be reached via phone at (406) 444-4800 and via e-mail by clicking here. If you need help identifying your state Senator, please click here.

Thank you for working hard to ensure that HB 271 becomes a reality!

1 comment:

  1. The last I heard the bill had been watered down to the point that a person had to carry their "card" with them to prove they passed the Concealed Carry training, yet they were still referring to it as "Constitutional Carry."

    Not sure if that is still the case, but if so... what a waste.