Posted February 24, 2017 7:45 am by Comments

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed his first two bills of the legislative session on Thursday, one that would have allowed guns in post offices and another that would have eliminated the need for concealed weapons permits.

Both gun bills passed by wide margins in the Republican-dominated Legislature, and are among several proposals to loosen gun restrictions in Montana this legislative session.

The bill by Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-Kalispell, would have allowed anybody to carry a weapon into post offices across the state. The Democratic governor said in his veto letter that the measure violates constitutional provisions that give Congress the right to make rules regarding federal property.

Bullock also noted that regulations prohibiting the possession of firearms on post office property have been challenged and upheld in court. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in 2015 that the U.S. Postal Service’s ban on firearms is constitutional.

“We would not propose to tell the United States Air Force how to run Malmstrom Air Force Base, or for that matter a private store owner who posts a “No firearms allowed” in their storefront, and the same logic applies here,” Bullock wrote in the veto letter.

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Source:: Bearing Arms

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