Montana News

Mar 9, 2012 9:06 PM by Evan Weborg (evan@kxlh.com)

Right To Bear Arms week observed in Montana

The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and this week has been set aside to observe the Treasure State's second amendment rights.

Helena Trap Club president Steve Noland says the second amendment is one of the foundations the state of Montana was built on.

Noland says it is very important for people to stay active and to join organizations like the National Rifle Association as well as support their activities so that second amendment rights are preserved.

Noland noted, "If you look at the history of the wars that we have been involved in, you have yet to see someone invade this country and the reason that is, is because they know we have the right to bear arms and that the citizens of the United States are armed."

The observance was officially passed by the Montana Legislature in 1991 and states:

1-1-224. Observance of right to keep and bear arms. The week beginning the first Monday in March is an official week of observance to commemorate Montana's valued heritage of the right of each person to keep and bear arms in the defense of the person's home, person, or property or in aid of civil power. During this week, all Montanans are urged to reflect on their right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate this right in lawful ways.

U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) introduced a resolution this week to mirror Montana's "Right to Keep and Bear Arms Week" at the federal level.

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