HELENA -From schools to the state Capitol to the U.S. Post Office and beyond, Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would expand where Montanans can carry concealed weapons.
On Tuesday, in a nearly party-line vote, the state Senate voted 32-17 to endorse a bill that says anyone who legally owns a firearm in Montana can carry it concealed – without a permit, as they must have now.
“This levels the playing field,” said Senate President Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, who carried House Bill 262 on the floor. “If you’re legal to own a gun and legal to own it, you should be legal to carry it.”
The Senate also endorsed a bill Tuesday that says anyone in Montana can carry a legally owned firearm on U.S. Postal Service property – in defiance of Postal Service policy forbidding it – and the House endorsed a bill saying legislators can carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol.
A House committee the same day also heard a bill that would allow school district employees in Montana to carry concealed weapons on school property, dubbed the “Montana School Safety Act.”