http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=4526 Montana Self-Defense Bill Pending in the Senate! Thursday, March 05, 2009 Please Contact Your State Senator Today! House Bill 228, the NRA-backed self-defense bill has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Tuesday, March 17 at 9 a.m. in Room 303. It is critical that NRA members and pro-gun activists attend the hearing in large numbers as opponents will be sure to be out in force. House Bill 228, sponsored by State Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), is a broad piece of legislation that provides a number of specific protections for law-abiding citizens. The provisions of HB 228 clarify and expand the fundamental right of self-defense and protect law abiding citizens from undue prosecution should they ever have to exercise the right. HB 228 does the following: Clarifies the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm in plain view and to display the firearm for harmless defensive purposes; Allows a person who can lawfully possess a firearm and who doesn’t use it to commit a criminal offense to carry it concealed anywhere in the state without first obtaining governmental permission; Prevents landlords and hotel operators from restricting law-abiding citizens’ self-defense rights; Clarifies in statute the existing legal precedent that there is no duty to retreat from a threat before exercising the right to self-defense and allows a law-abiding citizen to use reasonable force in exercising the existing law that gives a private person the authority to arrest an offender; Ensures that self-defense claims are adequately considered during incident investigations; and, Shifts to the state, if self-defense is asserted by a defendant in a criminal case, the burden of proving an absence of justification. For a section-by-section analysis of HB 228 to help you better understand and communicate with legislators, please visit http://progunleaders.org/Self-defense/. Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote for HB 228. Also, please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee. You may call (406) 444-4800 to leave a message for your Senator and for the Judiciary Committee. You may also use the “online message form” located here. When contacting legislators, it is important that you be as respectful and courteous as possible. Long, terse, rude, and disrespectful messages are counterproductive. If you don’t know who your legislator is, please click here. The Judiciary Committee roster can be found here: http://leg.mt.gov/css/Senate/senate%20committees.asp Once you identify your legislator, you can find email contact information by clicking on his or her name at the following alphabetical listing of legislators: http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/61st/roster.asp?HouseID=0&SessionID=94.