Montana's Governor Says Conceal-Carry Law Bolsters Self-Defense Rights

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Will soon be able to carry concealed firearms on campus without a permit. Yellowstone Public Radio's Kevin traveling reports. Montana State University. Senior Chance kind is on his way out the door of his Bozeman apartment, keys, wallet phone, double checking My knife pens. My pencils Got a Glock has is the case Most times kind is in public. He's carrying a concealed Glock 19 pistol in his jeans. Practically muscle memory for the 22 year old to grab heading out the door. We've interest to get some groceries. Thank you. Yeah, but one place he can't carry a concealed gun, His college campus. At least until June. 1st when the new law goes into effect at state universities, a third generation Montana and from a farm and ranch area kind of grew up around guns. After shopping for groceries, he breaks down in brushes his pistol. Well, looks like we're actually pretty. Clinton's students who carry on campus will need to finish the hunters, education or basic gun safety course. Kind, says he's practice, drawing his pistol in front of his bathroom mirror, something he hasn't had to do for real after carrying for 2.5 years, and I thank God every day for that kind, says his father, a former sheriff's deputy taught him to take care of himself and others to be the first line of defense. In case there's an active shooter situation. For example, you are the hidden protector. You're not looking for a fight. But you're willing to finish it. Montana's new governor, Greg Jean Forte, is a friend to gun rights advocates as the state's first Republican executive and 16 years he's starting to enact long held conservative priorities. The right of the people. Keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. During a bill signing ceremony last week, GM 40 railed against gun control measures recently proposed by President Joe Biden said the new concealed carry law bolster self defense rights. Montana University system, and most Democratic state lawmakers oppose the bill, fearing it could lead to accidents and more students harming themselves on campus. Montana has the nation's third highest suicide rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have consistently found that suicide risk increases with access to guns. So this is like the main lobby area where a lot of people like Tonto Hang out. Do homework knew our worries MSU freshman and dorm resident Daisy Cory, who's loving her college experience, but just the thought of someone having a gun in the dining hall when I'm just trying to eat a sandwich. Good morning. That's scary. If there's a dispute, she says she won't feel safe next fall. Knowing students may have guns in the library or one of her philosophy class is their signs on the front door that say no nicotine. No tobacco, But you're allowing 18 year olds have guns who are drinking on the weekends and are living with a bunch of people. It's totally crazy to me, Corey says. Hearing about the concealed carry bill unearthed trauma from her childhood in Colorado and age 13. She says she was playing Jenga alone with a friend when he took his own life with a handgun in front of her. Now. Cory says she's considering transferring from MSU. She's hopeful the Montana University system will challenge the new law in court, but Deputy Commissioner Kevin McRae thinks that's unlikely. Instead, he says, the Board of Regents will probably implemented law with an eye toward the 10 states that currently allow students to carry guns on campus. But even the areas that we look to for best practices there are different nuances that Keep this sort of uncharted water and knew. For example, McCrae says, Montana will be the only state to allow 18 year olds to carry guns in dorms for NPR News and Kevin traveling in Helena.

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