MT: HB 551 Will Restore the Montana Constitution! Tell the House Judiciary Committee Report it!
By Iain Graeme
Let’s Realign the Montana Constitution with the Original Intent of the Second Amendment!
Take Action to Tell the House Judiciary Committee Report House Bill 551!
Dear First Name,
The “right to keep and bear arms” within the Montana State Constitution has been in need of realignment with the original intent as set forth by the Framers.’
The President of The Montana Shooting Sports Association, Gary Marbut, provides us with a briefing on the proposed constitutional referenda:
“In 1884, when first adopted, this provision [Article II, Section XII] was copied almost entirely from the Missouri Constitution of 1875, which read:
That the right of no citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereto legally summoned, shall be called into question; but nothing herein contained is intended to justify the practice of wearing concealed weapons. Art. II, § 17.
House Bill 551 creates a constitutional referendum to offer voters the opportunity to remove from the Montana Constitution that 1884 Missouri-copied language that says, ‘but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.’ It is worth noting that Missouri has removed this restriction from the Missouri Constitution.”
Clearly, this language is inconsistentSource: Gun Owners of America