Montana bill to allow heat-packing lawmakers rejected

2013-02-25T16:46:00Z 2013-02-26T14:16:04Z Montana bill to allow heat-packing lawmakers rejectedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2013 4:46 pm  • 

HELENA — The Montana Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed legislators to carry concealed firearms in the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 210 called for allowing any lawmaker with a permit to carry a concealed weapon on the Capitol grounds.

Republican Sen. Verdell Jackson of Kalispell carried a similar bill two years ago that also failed.

Jackson said the Capitol's two armed security guards are not adequate protection and that metal detectors are too expensive and ineffective.

Senators opposing the bill cited safety concerns over legislators packing heat.

The measure failed Monday in a 29-21 vote.

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