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HELENA, MT – The Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the House’s rejection of Senate Bill 143, a dangerous bill that would have forced Montana’s public colleges and universities to allow individuals to carry concealed, loaded handguns onto their campuses.
Leading up to the vote in the House, the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action hosted the first-ever gun safety advocacy day at the Capitol, which brought together a broad coalition of gun safety advocates who spoke out against SB 143. Similar bills that would have forced colleges and universities to allow guns on campus have already been defeated this year in South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia and Virginia.
STATEMENT FROM PAMELA OWEN, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE MONTANA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
“Today our leaders in the House stood up for the safety of all of Montana’s students. Montana’s colleges and universities know what’s best when it comes to protecting our students and educators, and now they can keep making critical public safety decisions that best fit their unique campuses,” said Pamela Owen, a volunteer with the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “As a parent, sending a child off to college comes with enough safety concerns. Worrying about whether students in our children’s classes are carrying guns shouldn’t be one of those concerns. We applaud our elected officials in the House for standing on the side of public safety and rejecting this dangerous piece of legislation.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs