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Montana’s lack of even the most basic gun safety laws puts its residents at enormous risk, and the failure of state lawmakers to save lives from gun violence is unconscionable. 

The state’s dangerous “stand your ground” law and weak public carry laws make it far too easy for daily arguments to turn into deadly shootouts. In 2020, Montana had the 11th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 13th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Montana legislators could require background checks on all gun sales, pass an extreme risk protection order law, and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and violent hate crimes.

What Montana Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws

What Montana Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.