Montana Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Montana Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Montana gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Montana can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Montana State Constitution

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.

The militia forces shall consist of all able-bodied citizens of the state except those exempted by law.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All political power is vested in and derived from the people. All government of right originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

The people have the exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state. They may alter or abolish the constitution and form of government whenever they deem it necessary.

The people shall have the right peaceably to assemble, petition for redress or peaceably protest governmental action.

Montana Gun Laws

Montana Hunting Rules & Regulations

Montana Shooting Ranges

Montana Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Montana NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Montana Gun Shows and FFLs

Montana's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Montana Elected Public Officials

Montana Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Alabama State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings