Friday, May 6, 2011

Montana: Permitless Carry on the Governor’s Desk

Montana: Permitless Carry on the Governor’s Desk

Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Please Contact Governor Schweitzer Today!

House Bill 271, the permitless carry bill, would amend existing
state law requiring a person to obtain a concealed weapon
permit in order to discreetly carry a firearm for self-protection
within city limits in Montana. 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.”
HB 271 passed in the House on April 12 by a 69 to 29 vote and
in the Senate on April 28 by a 29 to 21 vote. HB 271 is now
awaiting action by Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Existing Montana law already allows any law-abiding citizen
who can legally possess a handgun to carry it concealed, without
a permit, anywhere outside city limits. So, no carry permit is
currently required for law-abiding citizens in over 99% of the state.
It makes no sense to allow them to carry concealed without a
permit on one side of the line but not the other! Law-abiding
citizens do not suddenly turn into criminals when they cross
the arbitrary boundary into a city. Additionally, law-abiding
citizens are authorized to carry a firearm openly, either loaded
or unloaded, anywhere in the state, including within city limits.

The difference between a firearm carried openly and a firearm
carried concealed can be as insignificant as the donning of a coat.
It really makes no sense to require a law-abiding citizen to pay
a fee, endure a relatively significant bureaucratic process, be
subjected to fingerprinting, obtain the government’s permission
and be added to a government-maintained list of firearm owners
simply so they can wear a coat.

Please contact Governor Schweitzer today and respectfully urge
him to sign House Bill 271 into law! The Governor can be
contacted by calling (406) 444-3111. You can also send him an
e-mail at or leave a comment for
Governor Schweitzer online by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone who communicated with their legislators
over these last few months. Your efforts truly make the
difference in passing pro-gun bills through the legislative process!

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