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SB 143 advocates say "Most gun owners are extremely responsible"

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MISSOULA -- Recently, MTN News brought you a story after talking to students at the University of Montana about their thoughts on Senate Bill 143, which would allow firearms to be carried on any Montana college campus.

While many students expressed their concerns not wanting the bill to pass, some others think it should.

"I would like to really convey to the people on campus that most gun owners are extremely responsible, very honest, and very law abiding," recent UM graduate Quinn Woodcock said. "We're very reluctant to draw our weapons. It's the last thing anybody wants to do, and I think that's what the campus community needs to understand about concealed carry holders." 

If signed into law by Governor Bullock, college and university administrators statewide would have no choice but to allow concealed weapons to be carried on campuses.

Advocates of the bill say those willing to commit violent crimes with firearms will simply ignore laws prohibiting them anyway, and that the bill would allow gun owners to protect themselves and others if necessary.

Woodcock says gun education is a better tool than strict bans and that current restrictions on buying weapons are sufficient.

"I understand the concern there, but even to purchase a weapon there are, I guess, checks in place to make sure we're not giving this weapon to a felon," he said.

Those not in favor of the bill say they feel safer knowing guns aren't legally allowed on campus.

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