effective April 27, 2009 - New Montana Law
in part not complete new law - open the link to review the entire new law
Section 2. Openly carrying weapon -- display -- exemption.
(1) Any person who is not otherwise prohibited from doing so by federal or state law may openly carry a weapon and may communicate to another person the fact that the person has a weapon.
(2) If a person reasonably believes that the person or another person is threatened with bodily harm, the person may warn or threaten the use of force, including deadly force, against the aggressor, including drawing or presenting a weapon.
Officials says weapon permit requests up
By The Associated Press
Story Published: Jul 12, 2009 at 4:38 PM MDT
Story Updated: Jul 12, 2009 at 4:38 PM MDT
HELENA - Officials say that requests for concealed weapons permits are much higher than usual this year.
The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the increase has resulted in a backlog and delays. Sheriff Mike McMeekin says they have been getting far more applications since last fall.
County sheriffs charge a $50 application fee and conduct background checks with local, state and federal governments. They also request proof of some kind of gun training before issuing permits.
According to Justice Department statistics, Montana has issued more concealed-weapon permits in the first six months of 2009 than it issued during all of 2008.
Gun stores have also reported an increase in sales, citing fears that the Obama administration may pursue new gun laws.