Montana legislators hear gun rights debates

Published On: Mar 18 2013 01:06:43 PM PDT
HELENA, Mont. -

A Senate panel is considering measures that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit and prevent health care providers from asking if an individual possesses firearms and refusing treatment based on that information.

Republican Rep. Krayton Kerns of Laurel presented House Bill 459 and House Bill 304 Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A separate gun bill limiting the Montana Board of Regents' authority to restrict firearms on college campuses is before the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee Monday afternoon.

Kerns says the "permit-less carry bill" would allow city dwellers the same privileges as those outside city limits.

Both measures have received the approval of the House and Kerns says he believes they will likely receive the Senate's endorsement.

The committee didn't take immediate action.