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Senate narrowly endorses guns on college campuses

HELENA (AP) — The Senate has narrowly endorsed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Republican Sen. Cary Smith of Billings says it would prohibit restrictions on guns on state university property with some exceptions.

Under Smith's Senate Bill 143, Montana's Board of Regents would keep the authority to regulate the firing of guns, possession at campus events where alcohol is served and could prohibit guns in dorms, among other exceptions.

Senators approved the measure by a vote of 25-24, with supporters saying it could prevent some campus shooting tragedies. Opponents argued young people, guns and alcohol don't mix.

Another vote on the measure will likely happen later this week and will determine whether the bill dies or moves to the House for consideration.

Hi-Line senators Kris Hansen, R-Havre, and Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, spoke on the floor in favor of lifting teh ban. Sen. John Brendan, D-Scobey, was absent but voted by proxy against the ban.


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