The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday passed House Bill 262, important pro-gun legislation that would deregulate the carry permit process in the state.
The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Harris, would allow any law-abiding individual who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun for self-defense in Montana without having to obtain a permit to do so. This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.
Use Your Power!
Montana gun owners are urged to contact their state Senator and urge him or her to support HB 262 when it comes up for a vote. To contact your Senator,click here.
Armed Deli Owner Stops Robbery
A Philadelphia deli owner who is also a concealed carry permit holder used his handgun to stop an armed robbery on Thursday night.
According to local media reports, a gun-toting man walked into the deli and declared a hold-up. The owner immediately pulled his own gun and shot the suspect.
The attempted robbery suspect was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are working to determine if he is responsible for a string of robberies in the area.
N.M. HB 50 Gets Worse, Passes House Committee
We told you last week about New Mexico’s House Bill 50, which criminalizes most private firearm transfers by law-abiding gun owners.
Late last week, an even more restrictive committee substitute of the Bloomberg-backed measure passed the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to a vote by the full House. The substitute bill actually erases many of the confusing exceptions from the earlier version and simply requires that any transfer or loan of a firearm lasting more than five days be conducted with a federal background check. In the case of a loan, when the gun is returned, another background check would be required to get it back to its original owner.
As NRA-ILA reported, if you plan to let a friend borrow your rifle for a week-long hunting trip or shooting competition, it would require a trip to an FFL. If you want to provide your girlfriend a handgun for protection while you’re gone on an extended business trip, you must get government permission. If you are a military service member who has been deployed and wishes to leave personal firearms with a trusted friend, you would have to go through the same process.
Use Your Power!
New Mexico gun owners should immediately contact their state Representatives and ask them to oppose the committee substitute for HB 50. Contact them directly byclicking here.