“Don’t mess with Montana’s gun rights.”
That’s the general message that comes across in most of the legislation and laws that surround the Second Amendment in “Big Sky” country. If you have ever been to Montana then you know it’s a gorgeous place full of wilderness landscaping, wide open spaces, and snow capped peaks in the desolate winter. The population of the entire state of Montana is around one million fine folks, and to put that in comparison to a major city, Los Angeles has almost four million people in just one city.
Let’s take a look at how this state has managed to militantly defend one of the most important constitutional freedoms.
Gun Ownership is Common
Out of those million people in Montana, it’s estimated that around 52 percent of them are gun owners. They are passionate about the heritage of gun ownership dating back to the inception of our great country. Hunting is also prevalent in this great northwestern state. With an abundant wildlife population that includes elk, deer, bears, geese, ducks, and just about anything else that scurries along a forest floor, it’s prime hunting season up there — at least when it’s not covered in a thick layer of snow. The winters are impressively cold and icy.
Bye-Bye Gun-Free Zones
So there is good news lately for hunters, those that love shooting sports, and gun owners in general in Montana. Governor Greg Gianforte recently signed new legislation that essentially gets rid of a bunch of “gun-free” zones. That includes places like government buildings, restaurants, bars, and college campuses. These new laws go into effect immediately, except for the college campuses which begins this summer.
Of course, private property and company owners can still make their own requirements for their establishments. For example, if someone is uncomfortable with their patrons exercising their concealed carry rights, they can prohibit it in their business. Knowing how pro-gun rights Montana is though across the board, it’s hard to imagine many people will want to ban guns in their establishments.
A Pro-Gun Rights Governor
Governor Greg Gianforte is very pro-gun rights because he feels that “gun control measures don’t prevent criminals from perpetuating violence or crime.” He goes on further to say that “gun control measures step on the rights of law-abiding citizens.” You can imagine that with more than half of Montana being lawful gun owners, they clearly agree with Gov. Gianforte’s opinion. He’s also the first Republican elected to his seat in over 16 years. Other Democrats before him vetoed certain laws that protected gun rights.
The US Concealed Carry Association and many other gun rights groups applauded Montana’s forward thinking objectives about gun rights.
The message is definitely clear going forward in Montana with the new Republican leadership, gun rights are here to stay. The victory of getting rid of unnecessary “gun-free” zones made a lot of gun owners very happy.