Concealed Carry State Laws In Montana
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Montana refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Montana are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Montana
While in Montana there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Montana the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
The State Constitutional Provision of Montana States: “The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”
Montana has some of the most permissive gun laws in the United States. It is unique in having no state-level prohibited possessor statute, although the state preemption statute allows local governments to prohibit firearms possession among felons and mental incompetents. Montana is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry.
It is unlawful to carry or bear a concealed handgun without a permit to carry. Concealed is defined as wholly or partially covered by the clothing or wearing apparel.
In defiance of Federal gun laws promoted by the Obama administration Newly enacted Montana State law declares that firearms manufactured in the state of Montana after October 1, 2009, and which remain in the state, are exempt from United States federal firearms regulations, provided that these items are clearly stamped "Made in Montana" on a central metallic part.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) vetoed legislation which would have forbidden state law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials in enforcing a ban on semi-automatic weapons or high-capacity magazines, should such a ban ever become law. According to Bullock, the legislation was nothing more than “unnecessary political theater.”
A quote from the Governor: “I am and always have been a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights,” “We have a strong tradition in Montana of gun ownership, hunting and participation in shooting sports. I believe that is an important tradition to preserve.”
The Governor seems torn between what he says and what he vetoes; it will be up to the voters of Montana to decide at the next election if they agree with the Governors stand on gun rights. US Precision Defense keeps a complete list of all States gun laws and Reciprocity agreements. Visit our home page for other features, our member’s only section, and our on-line store.
The following is from the Montana Sheriff’s Association: The MSPOA believes in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed. It is important to note that no legislation affecting this right has been introduced. As our state and country continue to discuss and debate gun control legislation, the position of our association remains steadfast: the MSPOA will not waver in our defense of the Constitution and will stand to preserve our constituents’ right to possess firearms and the protections insured by the other nine amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.
Montana is a “shall-issue” state, meaning concealed carry permits must be issued to qualified applicants. However, no permit is needed to carry concealed outside cities, towns and logging camps. Qualified applicants in Montana must be residents of the state for at least six months prior to applying for a permit and must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must successfully complete a hunter safety course or firearms safety course.
In Kalispell, the seat of Flathead County, 250 people earn a living making guns or gun parts, a tenfold increase since 2005. That growth helped mitigate the effects of the recession. Homicides with guns are relatively rare in the area. There have been three in Kalispell, a city of 20,000 people, out of six murders total in the past 12 years, said Roger Nasset, the local police chief. His officers are never surprised to find a gun inside a car they stop for a traffic violation — and seldom bother to discuss it, much less confiscate it. Montana’s laws on gun possession are among the least restrictive in the nation.
Montana has over eight gun manufacturers including The Remington Arms Co. who has acquired the Montana Rifleman, a Flathead Valley company with humble beginnings that went into rapid growth over the last few years manufacturing firearm barrels and actions. The former owner, a local gunsmith Brian Sipe confirmed the sale of his company to Remington Arms.
For a complete listing of gun manufacturers, firearms instructors, shooting ranges and gun smiths see our home page of US Precision Defense.