By Tim Ravndal
Many Candidates across Montana will claim without exception that they support the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. They will Also undeniably claim to fully support Article II Section 12 of the Constitution of Montana.
When campaigning, many will put their hunting vests on or pull up a picture of themselves with a harvest of a deer or elk from a previous hunting season.
Also many elected officials even those not up for re-election will claim they support the right to keep and bear arms. But….they have concerns over the permission slip process.
So what we often see is candidates that use a score card from NRA or GOA or SAF or MSSA or…or…et al. In that proclamation, the public is advised that that individual will stand at all costs to protect your rights.
Is that where we are today in Montana? Do we believe that it is proper to ask our elected officials for permission to wear a coat in the winter if we wish to carry a firearm?
Several legislative sessions ago this issue came front and center as it does at every legislative session as far back as the formation of the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution.
Montana Legislature passed the following law to enhance the awareness of our rights here in Montana.
Observance Of Right To Keep And Bear Arms
1-1-224MCA ”Observance of right to keep and bear arms. The week beginning the first Monday in March is an official week of observance to commemorate Montana’s valued heritage of the right of each person to keep and bear arms in the defense of the person’s home, person, or property or in aid of civil power. During this week, all Montanans are urged to reflect on their right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate this right in lawful ways.“
Many citizens including elected officials do not seem to understand the purpose of how and why laws are written. The above stated Montana Code Annotated 1-1-224 sets in law the premise that there are no exceptions to the right to keep and bear arms. Designating this week to recognize this is in law for the purpose of acknowledging the rights of the people.
If we take a look at the most important part of the Constitution of Montana under Article II Section 12 we find the foundation of our right to keep and bear arms and the above mentioned Montana Statute.
Article II Section 12 of the Constitution of Montana 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
Montana Shooting Sports Association with Gary Marbut will be holding their annual meeting where they will discuss the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session. The organization will bring forward potential legislation that they will promote and work to get passed.
The meeting is tomorrow at the Delta Hotel in Helena. The meting will start at 10:00AM and run till about 4:00PM.
Will the Constitutionally provided protections to keep and bear arms be at the top of the list?