Note: These FAQs are offered by the Attorney General as a public service to provide answers to basic firearms questions based on Montana law. But firearms are often also subject to the laws of other jurisdictions, including federal laws and even, in some instances, the laws of other states. These FAQs do not address or account for those laws. Moreover, the Office of the Attorney General cannot provide individual legal advice or representation on gun issues. While we hope these FAQs can help address certain basic, reoccurring firearms questions, the Office of the Attorney General strongly recommends that all individuals consult with their own attorneys.
Where do I apply for a Montana Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)?
How long is my permit good for?
What are the requirements for a Montana CWP?
What training do I need for a CWP?
What if the sheriff denies my request for a CWP?
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What happens if I move to a different county in Montana?
Can I carry a firearm in my vehicle even if I don’t have a CWP?
Are there places or circumstances when I cannot carry a weapon even if I have a CWP?
What about university campuses?
Does Montana have “reciprocity” with other states?
Do I need a CWP to carry a weapon concealed at my own home or business?
Do I need a CWP to carry a weapon while hiking or hunting?
Do I need a CWP to carry a concealed weapon outside of town?
How do the concealed weapons laws affect the carrying of knives?
I don’t have a CWP. Can I still carry a firearm as long as it is not concealed?
I am a resident of another state. Can I purchase a firearm from a dealer in Montana?
Are there any laws governing a private sale of firearms in Montana?
Can the owner or proprietor of a residence or business prohibit carrying of a weapon if I have a CWP?
Can I carry a gun in my purse or backpack?
What about the national parks?