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New Law in Montana Will Allow Students to Carry Firearms on Public College Campuses

New Law in Montana Will Allow Students to Carry Firearms on Public College Campuses

“Montana will become the 12th state to establish campus carry by law, according to Students for Campus Carry.”

It’s a bit surprising this law wasn’t already on the books in Montana but better late than never.

Campus Reform reports:

Concealed carry will soon be allowed on campuses in this state

A new Montana law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte in February will allow students at public colleges to possess firearms on campus when it takes effect on June 1.

The bill allows college students to possess firearms without a permit, so long as they have the “express permission” of their roommate(s). Discharging the firearm, or even pointing it at another person, is still illegal, except when done in self-defense.

Students who have a disciplinary history involving interpersonal violence or substance abuse are not permitted to carry firearms on campus, and no students may possess a firearm at any event where the college or university has formally allowed the consumption of alcohol.

The Montana Free Press reports that caveats to campus carry policy were influenced by higher education leaders who were concerned about situations in which possessing a firearm, in their view, may be unsafe.

Montana will become the 12th state to establish campus carry by law, according to Students for Campus Carry. According to the same group, 23 states currently allow colleges to set their own policies regarding firearms on campus.

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Julian A Smith | March 22, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I was not aware that so many States allowed students to carry. This is definitely good to hear, and it’s reminiscent of the days when schools had shooting clubs, and students boarded busses with all sorts of rifles-in-hand. Funny, isn’t it—you NEVER heard of any incidents, accidental or otherwise occurring back then.

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