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Gianforte Defends Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

December 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte voted today to protect Montanans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 231-198.

“I will always defend Montanans’ Second Amendment rights, and I am proud to have cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” Gianforte said. “The bill ensures that law-abiding Montanans keep their right to bear arms when they cross state lines.”

“I encourage the Senate to act quickly to protect the rights of Montanans to carry concealed firearms,” Gianforte said.

The bill allows people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allowed concealed carry, as long as the individual follows the laws of the state.

“Where the constitutional rights of Americans are being abridged when they travel from state to state, Congress has both the authority and the responsibility to act. That is the essence of H.R. 38,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association of America.

“That legislation would cut through the byzantine patchwork of repressive state laws, and would allow traveling Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights with confidence throughout the country,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, of H.R. 38.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation supports H.R. 38: “[The legislation] would ensure that your Second Amendment rights do not end at the state line. H.R. 38 is a commonsense approach to eliminate the confusion of varying state-by-state laws and protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”