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HELENA - Lawmakers have passed a gun-rights bill that allows concealed carry without a permit in Montana cities.

The bill cleared the Legislature on Thursday, the last day of the session, and will now head to Gov. Brian Schweitzer for his approval or veto.

House Bill 271, carried by gun-rights advocate Rep. Krayton Kerns, would allow anyone to carry concealed without a permit in a city if they already meet the permit qualifications.

Currently its legal to carry concealed without a permit in most parts of the state, but not in urban areas.

Kern's considers the concealed carry bill the most important measure of the session for gun advocates.

Also Thursday, a bill to allow gun silencers when hunting failed to pass the House.

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