Last Tuesday, we told you that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock had struck a powerful blow against gun owners in the Treasure State by issuing an amendatory veto to House Bill 494. In its original form, the measure would have allowed law-abiding Montanans to carry a firearm for self-defense in restaurants where alcohol is not the primary item of sale. But Bullock’s amendment effectively gutted the measure: It would have allowed concealed carry only in restaurants where no alcohol is served—a nice sounding but ultimately empty gesture, since this is already permitted under current law.
Fortunately, both chambers of the Montana Legislature held firm and rejected Bullock’s amendments on Monday, sending HB 494 back to the governor in its original form and giving the measure another chance at passage.
Use Your Power
The Montana Legislature sent a clear message to Gov. Bullock in not backing down from the defense of Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Now it’s time for gun owners to do their part. To contact Gov. Bullock and politely urge him to sign HB 494 into law,click here.