MISSOULA — University of Montana police officers responded to a report that a janitor shot himself in the foot late Wednesday night while cleaning the Law School building.
Peggy Kuhr, vice president of integrated communications, confirmed that UM Office of Public Safety officers responded to an accident involving a custodial worker. Kuhr said initial reports suggested that a weapon was involved, but information was limited and the incident remained under investigation.
“There was some kind of accident involving a custodian,” Kuhr said shortly after 10 p.m. “It sounds like a weapon may have been involved.”
University police officers could not be reached Wednesday night.
The Montana Board of Regents currently has policies regulating firearms on campuses across the state, allowing only trained and certified security officers to carry weapons on school grounds. Students must store firearms in campus gun lockers. They can access their weapons to hunt and sport shoot, but they cannot carry them in class or handle them in dorms.
During the 2013 Legislature, Rep. Cary Smith, R-Billings, introduced House Bill 240, which sought to allow firearms on campus and prohibit the Board of Regents, along with the Montana University System, from regulating or restricting the possession of guns on school property.
While the bill passed the Republican-led Legislature, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed it earlier this week.
Supporters of the measure argued that citizens should be allowed to carry guns on campus to protect themselves. Opponents said more guns on college campuses would not make students safer.