Please contact your state Senator and state Representative immediately!
NRA-supported House Bill 271, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), passed out of the Conference Committee yesterday morning and anti-gun Senate amendments were stripped out of the bill. In fact, HB 271 was made better than it was as introduced! The current language 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 now goes before the full Senate and House for a vote to concur; it is very likely that it will come up for a vote this Monday, April 11.
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!
Please e-mail your state Senator and state Representative over the weekend and respectfully urge them to support House Bill 271. Also, please follow-up with a phone call on Monday morning. Legislators can be reached via e-mail by clicking here, and via phone by dialing (406) 444-4800. If you need help identifying your state Senator or Representative, please click here.
Thank you for working hard to ensure that HB 271 becomes a reality!