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Gun-rights bills face tough road in Senate


HELENA — Having already cleared the state House, a handful of gun-rights bills that have drawn opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans has moved to the Senate, where they may face a tougher challenge.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard three measures Wednesday from Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel. The bills propose letting people carry a concealed weapon without a permit in cities and in prohibited places like banks and bars, and permitting the use of a silencer when hunting.

Supporters say the measures are important to defend the right to bear arms and let Montanans protect...

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