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Montana Gov. Bullock vetoes bill allowing guns on campus

May 9, 2013
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Montana Governor Steve Bullock turned back a bill that would have allowed college students to keep guns on campus.

The campus gun proposal, House Bill 240, would have allowed college students to keep firearms in their dorm rooms with their roommate's permission. The measure also would have allowed students to carry concealed weapons if they had a permit to do so.

The Montana University System urged Bullock to veto the measure, arguing that guns and stressed-out college students could be a deadly combination. The measure also would have prohibited the university regents from making any campus rules prohibiting guns.

Hunting weapons are currently allowed on campus, but are kept in special lockers that students can access if they want to go hunting.

Supporters of HB240, however, argued that without the proposal students are vulnerable to violent crime. Also, they said current regulations are a violation of students' Second Amendment Rights.

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