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Montana prohibits a parent, guardian, or other person having charge or custody of a minor child under the age of 14 from allowing the child to carry or use in public any firearms, except when the child is accompanied by a person having charge or custody of the child or under the supervision of a qualified firearms safety instructor or an adult who has been authorized by the parent or guardian.1 A violation of this statute constitutes a misdemeanor.2 The county attorney is required to prosecute reported violations of the law.3

State administrative regulations address storage of firearms in youth foster homes and licensed child care facilities.4

 See our Child Access Prevention policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-344.[]
  2. Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-345(1).[]
  3. Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-345.[]
  4. Mont. Admin. R. 37.51.901(13) and 37.95.121(4).[]