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Montana Governor Greg Gianforte Signs Constitutional Carry Into Law

2021 appears to be a big year for Constitutional Carry.

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On February 18, 2021, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed Constitutional Carry into law.

Under HB 102, lawful individuals who are already eligible to carry under state law can now carry a firearm without a permit.

“Governor Gianforte is a true friend of Montana gun owners,” stated Gun Owners of America’s Senior Vice President Erich Pratt. “The previous, anti-gun governor Steve Bullock kept vetoing legislation to expand permitless carry to the entire state. But with Gianforte, we now have a true Second Amendment champion sitting at the governor’s desk.”

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 Gianforte’s predecessor, Steve Bullock, was the primary obstacle behind Constitutional Carry’s failure to pass in previous years. Republican incumbent Senator Steve Daines decisively thrashed Bullock in the 2020 elections for Montana’s Senate seat, sending a strong message that going against the will of gun owners will not be tolerated in Montana.

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GOA endorsed Gianforte’s bid for Montana Governor. Before Constitutional Carry was passed, Montana law expressly prohibited carry without a permit within “the official boundaries of a city or town.” However, Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, the premier gun lobby in Montana, observed that Constitutional Carry was not in effect in less than 1% of the state. HB 102 effectively universalizes Constitutional Carry throughout the entire state.

Advocates of Constitutional Carry have been on a nice win streak lately. BLP reported on Utah’s passage of Constitutional Carry last week. With Montana’s passage of Constitutional Carry, there are now 18 Constitutional Carry states in the nation.

 Jordan Stein of GOA listed off America’s other Constitutional Carry states:

 Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

 Undoubtedly, Constitutional Carry is the Right’s most successful legislative movement of the last 30 years. The Right should strike while the iron is hot and make every Red state in the country a Constitutional Carry state.

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2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020

Gun grabbers take another L.

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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. 

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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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