Montana is well set to be the next Constitutional Carry state.
On February 3, 2021, The Montana Senate approved Constitutional Carry bill, HB 102. According to the NRA-ILA, the bill was kicked back to the House where it was subject to a concurrence vote on February 5.
HB 102’s concurrence vote was successful and now the bill is heading to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Gianforte. As of February 5, Gianforte has 10 days to sign or veto HB 102, or it will become law without his signature.
Under HB 102, lawful Montana gun owners will be allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense without having to beg the government for permission. On top of that, the bill will scrap some of Montana’s “gun-free zones” from the state’s list of venues where people are prohibited from carrying.
The law will place Montana in the handful of states that permit gun owners to carry weapons without a permit. Many of the states that already have constitutional carry are among the safest in the country, having permissive gun laws in addition to some of the lowest rates of shootings and murders in the nation.
Montana is ranked 9th place according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s recent rankings for America’s most pro-Second Amendment states. Passing Constitutional Carry is a great way for Montana to bolster its already solid gun laws and become part of one the most successful pro-Second Amendment efforts in the last two decades.
2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020
Gun grabbers take another L.
2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms.
In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020.
These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses.
Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws.
The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.
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