The state legislative session is well underway — and Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are already notching significant victories, especially in Western states.
- Yesterday in Montana, the Republican-controlled House rejected a bill on a floor vote that would have forced K-12 school districts to let full-time employees – including teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, coaches and janitors – to carry hidden, loaded handguns in the schools where our children study and play. Moms Demand Action volunteers and Everytown Survivor Network members testified against this legislation.
- Last week, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana vetoed a dangerous permitless carry bill that would have dismantled Montana’s concealed carry permitting system, making it easy for dangerous people and those with no firearms safety training to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public. Moms Demand Action volunteers lobbied fiercely against this legislation, alongside law enforcement. As stated in Governor Bullock’s veto letter, “Law enforcement and others have raised significant concerns with this bill and how it would impact the safety of their communities.”
- And in neighboring Wyoming, the Senate rejected a guns on campus bill that would have forced colleges and universities to allow hidden, loaded handguns on campus.
So when you wonder how the west was won for gun safety, look no further than Moms Demand Action and Everytown.