Dear MSSA Friends,

HB 457 has just been scheduled for Second Reading in the House tomorrow, Saturday, 3/28.  Sorry for the short notice.

This bill is for the constitutional referendum to remove from the Montana Constitution that archaic1884 language saying that the right to keep and bear arms does not include carrying concealed weapons.

Please contact your Representative and any others you can asking them to support HB 457.

I characterize this 1884 language as a culturally-obsolete dress code issue.  It is the only dress code still specified in the Montana Constitution.

Montana culture and law have changed since 1884.  The law no longer requires separate schools for children of African descent.  The law no longer requires permission from her husband for a woman to sell property or go into business.  And, the law no longer specifies what clothing we must or may not wear, thus the defeat of the infamous "speedo and yoga pants" bill this session, except for clothing that might conceal a firearm.

The House will go into session tomorrow morning, so there’s not much time to get messages in to legislators.

Get messages to legislators via the Message Center, 444-4800, or with the Online Message Form at:

Also, bad news, but not unexpected.  Governor Bullock has vetoed HB 203 (non-enforcement of new federal gun control) and HB 298 (Permitless Carry).

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

By mssa