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Montana: Governor Bullock Vetoes Restaurant Carry Bill

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Montana: Governor Bullock Vetoes Restaurant Carry Bill

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. 

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