Greetings back at ya . Go Griz Maybe next year! Cats Suck..... Can you Believe this Snow, It rocks!!!
Now that I'm done with that lets get to Business. First there is a book buy Gary Marbut titled "Gun laws of Montana" Get it, Great Reference. Gary Marbut is a President of http://www.mtssa.org/there is a section in there also that has MT gun laws also Great Reference.
Getting Your CCPermit is not Hard Goto Sheriffs office pick up App fill it out. If you have been in the Military I suggest you Use DD214 for Proof of Firearms Training. If not you may have to Take a class they should be offered buy some one, ask a sporting good store For Info on that.
As for Open Carry, Ive Done it Twice in Missoula and All the time here in Kalispell,and other Places throughout MT. If you have people ask Questions or confront you BE POLITE we don't want them thinking were Idiots. Know the Law that will help allot. Remember If your Detained by Police and you NOW your doing Nothing Wrong stay Calm. They would arrest you if you were doing something Wrong. Generaly you wont have a Problem at all, even with the cops.
Don't Handle your Firearm in Public, It can be considered as Brandishing. If you have to go to the Rest room then doit. A Concealed Weapon in MT is Defined as,wholly or partially covered by the clothing or wearing apparel of the person carrying or bearing the weapon, That means If you have your Pistol in a holster on your belt ( typical OC way ) and a Jacket on covering the Pistol it considered Concealed and you would need a permit. If you are using a IWB (inside waistband) holster and no jacket, IT is PARTIALLY Covered, you would need a permit. A Firearm under the seat of your Pickup is not Concealed in the State of MT, To be Concealed it would have to be on your Person. If you are Outside City Limits you can Carry Concealed on your Person Without a Permit.
I personally Carry 1911 .45 Acp OC and CC most people just Ignore me and some ask what Kind it is. We Firearm owners should be aware of what is going on in the legal system, so I ask you stay Informed on 2nd Amendment Issues. Email your Reps all the way up to the President if you have to.
Please ask if you have any other ? I will gladly answer them to the best of my ability's