Posted: Apr 15, 2013 10:35 AM by MTN News
Updated: Apr 15, 2013 12:21 PM
HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed HB 304, which would have allowed any person eligible to own a handgun able to carry that weapon concealed in cities.
The governor included the following rationale in his letter to legislative leadership:
"House Bill 304 would effectively eliminate Montana's concealed weapon permitting process by allowing anyone eligible to possess a handgun to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The measure would allow individuals to decide whether they are eligible to carry a concealed weapon.
"If the logic ofHB 304 were applied to other situations, there would be no need for a person to be licensed before driving on our highways -all they would need to do would be to determine whether they were "eligible" to drive. The same goes for pilot's licenses, building permits, hunting licenses, or any other type of permit. While I will fiercely defend the 2nd amendment rights of our citizens, I cannot support an absurd concept that threatens the safety of our communities, by not providing for basic fundamentals of gun safety or mental health screening.
"Moreover, instead of protecting the rights of Montanans, in reality HB 304 erodes the ability of a Montana citizen to purchase a weapon or carry concealed in another state. HB 304 would void our state's reciprocity agreements with more than 40 states that recognize concealed weapon permits and it would void our laws allowing Montana permit holders to bypass the federal background check required for a firearm purchase."