Montana has very weak gun laws, earning an F on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state’s dangerous “stand your ground” law and weak public carry laws make it far too easy for daily arguments to turn into deadly shootouts. In 2017, Montana had the third-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at twice the national rate. To save lives from gun violence, Montana legislators could require background checks on all gun sales and pass an extreme risk protection order law.

  • Prohibition against concealed carry in bars

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit