By Keele Smith
Legislative News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
On Wednesday, Montana lawmakers advanced a bill 28-22 that would prohibit the Board of Regents from regulating firearms on campus.
Currently, the Board of Regents has a statewide policy that requires students to store guns in a secure spot on campus or in locked vehicles.
House Bill 240 would instead allow each state university to develop their own safety program.
Republican Sen. Eric Moore says the bill would help protect students.
“We’re talking about whether we want to give victims one more tool in their toolbox to prevent something like this from happening.”
But, Democratic Sen. Mike Phillips says college students are not mature enough to have guns on campus.
“They are just that – young people, full of hormones and determination and drive and emotions. It’s not the setting I think where guns would be well placed.”