Montana Legislature Adjourns Suppressor Bill No Permitless Carry Yes
Missoula, MT –-(Ammoland.com)- We lost the suppressor bill, HB 174, when the supermajority needed in the House on the vote to suspend the rules and accept a late bill from the Senate failed to achieve the required 67 votes. However, SB 124, which generally clarifies FWP-related laws clarifies that the prohibition on suppressors in the field or forest only applies “while hunting.” So, we got half a loaf for suppressors in SB 124.
Permitless carry, HB 271 finally passed the Senate on Third Reading and now goes to the Governor for his signature. When our large Self Defense Bill, HB 228, was introduced in the 2009 session, it contained a permitless carry provision. That provision was lost in the legislative process. When Governor Schweitzer signed HB 228 in 2009, he commented that he wished permitless carry was still in the bill. So, we’re hopeful that the Governor will sign HB 271 from this session.
That’s all for now. The Legislature is adjourned. I need wiskey, a three-day nap, and to go burn some powder.;Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana
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