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Montana: Restaurant Carry Legislation Dodges Bad Amendments in Committee

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Montana: Restaurant Carry Legislation Dodges Bad Amendments in Committee

Today, the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 494.  After defeating a bad amendment, the committee voted 7-4 to advance the self-defense legislation to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber.

Sponsored by state Representative Seth Berglee, HB 494 would allow law-abiding Montanans to carry a firearm for self-defense while patronizing a restaurant where alcohol is not the primary item of sale.  An individual should not be prevented from carrying a firearm for self-defense while dining in a restaurant that serves alcohol.  The right to self-defense should not be unnecessarily banned due to the presence of a product that is legally sold in an establishment that is licensed to do so.

Please contact your state Senator and politely urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 494 when it comes up for consideration.


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