Montana Public Media

Your resource for Montana political news

Montana Public Media is a collaboration between MontanaPBS, Montana Public Radio,
Yellowstone Public Radio, and The University of Montana School of Journalism

Montana Public Media presents “Guns in the Big Sky”. A series of in-depth programs looking at Montana’s gun culture, the laws that regulate it, and new ideas to make our schools safer.

The University of Montana School of Journalism, Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS team up for three consecutive nights of gun related programs.


“Montana’s Gun Culture”, a documentary by UM School of Journalism students .
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm.
Watch the full program here.


Guns in the Big Sky: Montana’s Gun Culture from University of Montana on Vimeo.

Entering the world of a gun show may seem like making a trip to a foreign land. But for many Montanans, guns are a way of life, a tool necessary for the rural lifestyle. “Montana’s Gun Culture” explores the many ways Montanans use guns and their relationships with firearms.

In the program, you’ll see how ranchers need guns to manage their livestock. You’ll meet women in rural Montana who carry weapons to protect themselves and their families when law enforcement may be an hour or more away. You’ll visit a hunter’s education class, where twelve-year-olds are practicing gun safety before heading out with their parents and grandparents to harvest animals for food.

But there’s a dark side to the gun culture as well. Guns are used to commit crimes and to do violence against other people. You’ll meet the survivors of a school shooting in Montana in 1986 and go behind prison walls to hear from the boy, now a man, who did the shooting.

Opinions about gun control range from support of an outright ban on firearms to opposition of any regulation at all. You’ll hear from them all in “Montana’s Gun Culture.”

See more about the making of “Montana’s Gun Culture” on Facebook

Upcoming MontanaPBS air dates:

  • Tuesday 5/21 at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 5/22 at 12:00pm
  • Thursday 5/23 at 3:00am
  • Thursday 5/23 at 5:00am
  • Saturday 5/25 at 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 6/4 at 9:00pm
  • Thursday 6/6 at 2:00am
  • Thursday 8/29 at 7:00pm

“Gun Control: Knee Jerk or Necessary”, a panel discussion from Montana Public Radio
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm

Listen to the full discussion here.

Is gun control a knee-jerk or necessary response to the recent mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown? Montana Public Radio will explore that question in a live, one-hour discussion. News Director Sally Mauk will be joined by Montana hunters, a county sheriff and a gun control advocate for what is sure to be a lively discussion. We hope you’ll join us.


“Keeping Schools Safe: A Town Hall Meeting”
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm

Listen to the audio archive of the town hall meeting here.

MontanaPBS concludes its special series Guns in the Big Sky with a live forum on school safety. This program brings the conversation of gun regulation, sparked by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, to Montana schools. Can gun regulation play a role in school safety? What options might make our schools safer?

Upcoming MontanaPBS air dates:

  • Thursday 5/23 at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 5/29 at 12:00pm

Join us right here to watch “Guns in the Big Sky” on May 21, 22 and 23.