Legislative News Update
by Madelyn Beck, UM Legislative News Service
On Wednesday, Montana legislators heard bills to expand gun rights. House Bill 371, would allow permit holders to bring their concealed weapons into public places.
Republican Representative Kerry White says training needed to get a permit should allow people to carry a concealed weapon into most public places except bars.
“Purpose for this was if you’re out with your family and you’ve got your concealed weapon and you want to stop… you can go in and sit and have dinner without worrying about being arrested.”
Under White’s bill, people could take their firearms nearly anywhere unless a private business bans it. Representing the City of Missoula, John MacDonald pointed out the law would also require booths where people would check their guns at public places, adding costs and dangers. Additionally, he says certain places should be protected.
“We believe there should be buildings where firearms should be excluded except in the hands of…law enforcement officers.”
No immediate action was taken on the bill.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:06 PM
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