Yesterday, April 14, Governor Bullock returned House Bill 494, the restaurant carry bill, to the Montana Legislature with an amendatory veto. His proposed amendment would only allow Montanans to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense while patronizing a restaurant where alcohol is NOT served. This amendatory veto is the Governor’s attempt to camouflage his continued opposition to the self-defense rights of law-abiding citizens, as it is already legal to carry a concealed firearm in a restaurant that does not serve alcohol.
In its original form, HB 494 would have allowed 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.
Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.