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Montana: Swift Action Needed as Pro-Gun Bills Advance

Friday, February 22, 2013

Contact Your state Representative Immediately

 

House Bill 240 and House Bill 358 passed in the House Judiciary Committee and are on the second reading calendar in the Montana House of Representatives TODAY.

House Bill 240, sponsored by state Representative Cary Smith (R-55), is known as the “Higher Education Rights Restoration Act.”  Among other constitutional protections, this bill would limit the authority of the Board of Regents and University System to regulate firearms.

House Bill 358, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry a concealed firearm in banks, government buildings, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol; open carrying is currently allowed in these places.

House Bills 205 and 304, also sponsored by Representative Kerns, passed its second reading and are on TODAY’s third reading calendar in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 205 would legalize the use of suppressors for all hunting. For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.  HB 205 passed its second reading by a 62-38 vote.

House Bill 304 would eliminate the need for a concealed weapon permit within city limits, which is already the law outside city limits.  HB 304 would only apply to individuals who are “eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.”  HB 304 passed its second reading by a 60-40 vote.

Please contact your state Representative immediately and urge them to support House Bills 240, 358, 205 and 304. To find your state Representative and their contact information, please click here.

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