Despite the ongoing calls and efforts of law-abiding Montana firearm owners, Governor Steve Bullock vetoed restaurant carry legislation, House Bill 494, on Thursday, May 4. Sponsored by state Representative Seth Berglee, HB 494 sought to 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.
Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators and Governor Bullock in support of this important self-defense legislation. Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight for your right to self-defense in the Big Sky State. Please stay-tuned to your inbox and NRA-ILA alerts for updates.