Montana University System to get $1M for guns on campus

A million dollars looks headed to Montana University System coffers for the “full implementation of open and concealed firearms” on campuses — a shift from earlier debates in the legislature.

Representatives in the House voted 67-33 to approve an amendment allocating the one-time appropriation for items such as firearms training, metal detectors for events, gun safes for resident housing, awareness campaigns, or other costs.

Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, who did not ask for a fiscal analysis of his open carry bill, said he believes the university system would be able to implement House Bill 102 without any extra dollars. A spokesperson for the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education earlier agreed.

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