HELENA — Montana's governor has sent a bill back to lawmakers that would have allowed people carry concealed weapons in restaurants that sell alcohol, saying weapons and intoxicating beverages don't mix.
In an amendatory veto Friday, the governor wrote that "Montanans recognize that guns and alcohol in public places don't mix."
He said the bill, House Bill 494, carried by Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, would create uncertainty. The bill would have let a person with a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring a concealed gun into any restaurant where alcohol is not the chief item for sale.
The governor's veto would only allow concealed weapons in restaurants where alcohol is not served.
"Establishments that serve alcohol are often gathering places in Montana," he said. "It is not uncommon for a bar to also serve food and for family-friendly restaurants to serve alcohol."
Bullock said that while he is a strong advocate for Second Amendment Rights, he is "also an advocate for common sense."
The Legislature is on break until next Tuesday. When they reconvene, the amendatory veto will go to the House floor for a vote.