If McKelvey thinks his tiny rag-tag group of gun-phobes will get the Montana Legislature to ban the open carry of firearms "along parade routes and at public events like farmers' markets" (a RIGHT currently protected by the Montana State Constitution) he has another think coming.
Imagine no guns allowed at a bake sale, or public auction, or even perhaps at my garage sale.
What about the annual Flathead Lake Mack Days fishing competition (which harvested over 14,000 lake trout in 2010 most of which was donated to area food banks)? Isn't that a "public event"? I suppose under McKelvey's twisted world view all firearms should be banned on the lake's waters, shores, and marinas during the 7 week long event.
OR HOW ABOUT BANNING ALL GUNS DURING THE ANNUAL VETERAN'S DAY PARADES !!!
Puhleeeze, McKelvey. In 2010 Arizona joined Alaska and Vermont in permitting the carrying of concealed weapons statewide without a permit. I'd bet good gold that Montana follows suit this legislative session, no matter how tenacious McKelvey plans to be.
If this tiny group thinks they will ever change Montana's open carry laws, they have another think coming.
Why? Because the Montana Legislature is gun and freedom friendly, and they will NEVER outlaw open carry.
In response to the D.C. vs. Heller Supreme Court case, the Montana legislature passed a resolution in which many Montana State elected officials concurred their opinion that the Second Amendment is a "collective right”.
And in the 2009 legislative session a bill entitled "An Act Preserving and Clarifying Laws Relating to the Right of Self-Defense and the Right to Bear Arms" was passed.
And Montana passed a very special law which exempts all people in Montana from the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act, meaning that it is not against the law in Montana to have a firearm within 1,000’ of a school (as is currently the case in the other 49 states).
Montana even has a law designating the week following the first Monday in March as the Right to Keep AND BEAR Arms Week.
Montana’s analog version of the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment is found in Montana’s own “Bill of Rights.” In other words, human beings in the state of Montana actually have rights, including the right of open carry.
The Montana Constitution, Article II, Section 12, reads,
"Right to bear arms. 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, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons."
Next is the Montana people who value their guin rights. Gary Marbut wrote that, “Montana has a very rich firearms culture.” "It is estimated that over 90% of the homes in Montana contain firearms. It is also estimated that the average home in Montana that does contain firearms probably has about 27 firearms."
Hurt your back ?
If you go to the Montana Spine and Pain Center at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula for pain treatment you’ll be required to undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation.
And if their headshrinker makes the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), under the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (HR2640), you’ll become a prohibited possessor and lose your right to own firearms for life.
PTSD was first recognized as a diagnostic category in the 1980 Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and initially was created to describe the dramatically altered functioning of severely traumatized American soldiers who had served in combat zones. Over the years psychiatrists have expanded the list of jobs likely to cause PTSD to include law enforcement officers, fire, rescue and EMS professionals, and other high-risk jobs in which there is exposure to potentially traumatizing incidents. Shockingly, the list of people that might develop PTSD has been expanded to include car accident victims, natural disaster survivors, domestic violence victims, even divorcees, etc.
So nowadays, if you’ve ever been divorced, been in a car accident, or a natural disaster, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake, you might very well be branded with the dreaded label and get stripped of your God-given Second Amendment rights.
According to the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, “About 60% of men and 50% of women experience this type of event (a traumatic event likely to cause PTSD) in their lives” and “8% of men and 20% of women develop PTSD after a traumatic event” – that translates to 4.8% of all males and 10% of all females.
Would you trust your Second Amendment rights to Dr. Randale Sechrest (Director of the Montana Spine Center) ???
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