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The 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 Montana Legislatures made significant changes to Montana gun laws, all included in the 2013 edition.
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GUN LAWS OF MONTANA
The First Ever Book Devoted to the Gun Laws of Montana
by Gary Marbut
A trade paperback
Foreword by David B. Kopel
Now released and available!
Testimonials & Praise About the Book
"This book is super. The summaries of the laws are great. Availability of this work will be a big help for all gun owners in Montana as well as those visiting the state with their personal defense device. I hope this ends up in every gun store in the state."
-- Larry Pratt, Executive Director, Gun Owners of America
"Information is power, and Gary Marbut's book on gun laws in Montana is a powerful resource that should be read by every Second Amendment supporter."
-- Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association
"We all know of the legal caution 'ignorance is no defense to breaking the law.' If ignorance is no defense, then Gun Laws of Montana by Gary Marbut is a great offense because for the first time every conceivable Montana gun law is collected in one place for easy and quick reference. In addition, Gary offers some good common sense advice about gun safety, protecting your firearms from theft, and most importantly, protecting our children from accidents involving firearms."
-- U.S. Senator Conrad Burns
"Anyone who owns, uses or carries a gun in any state needs to know its gun laws -- even in the generally gun-friendly state of Montana. Gary Marbut, who has long been on the front lines of keeping Montana gun-friendly is undoubtedly the best guy to write about the state's firearms laws and what they mean, and I'm glad he wrote it."
-- Neal Knox
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse. For gun owners to be law abiding and stay out of jail, they must know what the laws are. This book is a wonderful resource. Nobody has a better total grasp of Montana gun laws than Gary Marbut. Every Montana gun owner should own a copy of this book."
-- Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation
"Gary Marbut's book is a gold mine of information about Montana's gun laws and our gun rights. It also contains experienced perspective and a few interesting stories. Gun owners and concerned citizens should own a copy of this book."
-- Bob Brown, Montana Secretary of State
"It's really great to see a first-class activist like Gary Marbut jump in and create a book that will serve all Montanans. People need to know what their laws are. Marbut is the perfect choice to create this book."
--Alan Korwin, Author, Gun Laws of America
"America's founders believed passionately that the responsible ownership and use of firearms was more than just an individual right; it was a fundamental obligation of citizenship in a free republic. Gary Marbut's Gun Laws of Montana will help Montanans meet that obligation - and thereby help keep America free."
-- Rob Natelson, Constitutional Historian; Professor of Law, U. of Montana
"This book is a must for anyone interested in the Gun Laws of Montana. It takes out the confusion and adds informative information that everyone can use!"
-- Sheriff Jim Dupont, Flathead County, Montana
"Quite simply the best and most important study of Montana gun laws ever written. A must for all sportsmen, hunters, collectors, dealers, and gunsmiths in Montana. Most highly recommended."
-- Hayes Otoupalik, Montana weapons collector
"Gary Marbut has been on the front line fighting to protect and expand the rights of Montana firearm owners and sportsmen for nearly two decades. He is a huge part of the reason that Montana law is as deferential to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as it is. It is hard to imagine another individual who would have an equivalent grasp, not only of Montana firearm statutes but, of the background and history of their implementation."
-- Brian Judy, NRA-ILA Montana State Liaison
"Dealing with the disparity in state gun laws is a challenge for any shooting sport enthusiast who travels to pursue their game. This book should be in the luggage of anyone competing in Montana. Marbut's experience and dedication to protecting gun owner's from the intrusive power of government makes him eminently qualified as an authority on his subject."
-- Dave Thomas, Executive Manager, U.S. Practical Shooting Association
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From the Author
Greetings from Montana.
This book is a labor of love, and of commitment. I've invested years in making sure that Montana has the best and fewest gun laws in America, maybe the World. The results of that two-decade commitment are reflected in the book.
Although the primary subject of the book distills the gun laws of Montana, it is also a reflection of our strong gun culture here. About Montana's gun culture, we estimate that between 90% and 95% of Montana homes contain firearms, and that the average number of guns in each Montana gun-owning household is 27 (yes, you read that correctly).
But, that's not all. The book contains a wealth of other great information, including the Foreword by my friend Dave Kopel, and great sections on lethal force, firearm storage, kids and guns, and the sometimes quirky and personal "legislative tales".
If you purchase and read the book, I believe you'll find it well worth your investment.
The cover art alone is worth the price of the book. This painting was done by my grandfather, Allen True, in the 1930s, and has always held deep meaning for me. See details about the cover by clicking here.
When you read the book, you will understand that Montana is still a place of individual and personal freedom, especially concerning its gun laws. If you don't already live here, and you yearn for personal freedom, come to Montana.
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About the Author
Gary Marbut is the president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, Inc., (MSSA), the primary political action organization for gun owners and hunters in Montana. As the chief legislative advocate for MSSA, Gary is actually the author of and primary advocate for many of the laws cited and explained here. Gary has been appointed to the Governor's Concealed Weapon Advisory Council by two different governors. Gary is also an officer and director of the Western Montana Fish and Game Association, Montana's oldest (founded in 1911) and largest regional organization of sportsmen and women in Montana. Gary is a lifetime hunter, an active participant in the shooting disciplines of practical pistol and precision rifle, an instructor of gun safety, self defense and tactical handgunning for civilians, private security and law enforcement, manufactures shooting range equipment for law enforcement agencies nationwide, and consults on court cases involving firearms, firearm safety and the use of force.
For information about the Montana Shooting Sports Association, go to the MSSA website, at: http://www.mtssa.org. But sure to look at their long string of successes in passing good gun laws in Montana and fighting off bad ones.
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Excerpt from the Foreword
By David B. Kopel
"The significance of Montana's gun laws extends far beyond the borders of Montana. On the whole, Montana's gun laws are the freest in the United States, and they thus set an example for freedom-loving people everywhere in the world."
has long enjoyed the services of an excellent pro-rights
organization, the Montana Shooting Sports Association, which
is headed by Gary Marbut, the author of this book. Working
effectively with the National Rifle Association and other
pro-freedom groups, the MSSA has a long record of finding ways
for the state to stay in the vanguard of Second Amendment
rights. The MSSA does not always win all its battles, but it
wins most of them through effective grassroots mobilization
and through adroit participation in the legislative process."
Read the rest in the
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Cover image: "The Sheriff"
The cover image of Gun Laws of Montana is a photographic reproduction of a painting done by my grandfather, Allen Tupper True (1881-1955). This original oil painting belongs to my mother, Edith True Marbut, who has kindly allowed me to use the image for this book cover. Allen True painted this incomplete image in about 1930, used later as a demonstration of his art for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) between 1936 and 1942. This demonstration was successful and he was contracted by WPA to do a finished version of this image, "The Sheriff," and a companion image titled "The Judge," both of which currently hang in the county courthouse in Denver, Colorado. Murals and paintings by Allen True are displayed in Civic Center in Denver, Colorado National Bank of Denver, the Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol, Missouri State Capitol, Wyoming State Capitol, and the Colorado Nursery School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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