Jon Botten on Concealed Carry Bill

House District 40 Representative Jon Botten
House District 40 Representative Jon Botten

In our rotation of speaking with our Sheridan / Johnson County Legislative delegation, Representative Jon Botten discussed the recent Concealed Carry bill. Botten tells us he worked very hard in House Committee to add an amendment which would prohibit carrying a concealed weapon either with or without a permit while intoxicated. He presented it on the House floor Wednesday, but it didn't garner any support. He considers the reason why.

Botten, who is the new Sheridan Municipal Court Judge, says that for those who will proclaim 2nd Amendment Rights as the reason to be able to carry a concealed weapon, he's – in his own words – handicapped by filtering information through his study of law.

Botten adds that clearly that US Supreme Court decision has created the condition where the Concealed Carry law is going to be adopted. It has passed the the Senate and the House. And other states, such as Montana, have been working on similar laws.

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Botten does add that even though the bill may pass, there are still appropriate restrictions in place and requirements to be met in order to carry a concealed weapon. And, he hopes, the State and law enforcement agencies will conduct educational programs.

Having said all this, however, he does remind us it remains to be seen if it makes it through to the Governor's desk for signing.

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