The board of regents doesn’t like the new law and is trying to challenge it. Not exactly something you’d expect in Montana.
The Montana Free Press reports:
Judge temporarily halts campus carry bill
A district court judge on Friday temporarily enjoined the enforcement date of House Bill 102, the bill that would expand permissions for concealed carry firearms on campus starting June 1. The order by Judge Mike McMahon in Lewis and Clark County came in response to a suit filed by the Montana University System Board of Regents, which voted unanimously last week to challenge the new law in court.
In his ruling, McMahon wrote that the board would “suffer immediate and irreparable injury” if the law was allowed to go into effect before the case could proceed. The order applies only to the June 1 effective date and other portions of the bill pertaining to the Montana University System (MUS). Other sections of the bill that allow concealed carry in other public settings took effect when Gov. Greg Gianforte signed HB 102 in February.
In its motion seeking declaratory and injunctive relief this week, attorneys representing the Board of Regents argued that the board retains constitutional authority “to supervise, coordinate, manage and control the presence and use of firearms on MUS campuses,” and that through HB 102 the Legislature wrongly sought to intervene in the university system.
Attorneys also said that 40,000 students could be confused about whether to comply with HB 102 or with existing policies restricting firearms on campus if the bill were to go into effect while litigation is ongoing. The filing noted that university students, parents and other stakeholders have shared “grave concern” in public comments about maintaining campus safety, student and faculty retention and suicide prevention efforts under HB 102.
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