The Board of Regents voted unanimously today to seek a judicial review over whether the state legislature or it has the authority to regulate the possession of guns on campuses. The 2021 Montana Legislature passed a bill to allow students and staff who meet safety certifications to carry concealed firearms without a permit on campuses starting June 1st. Montana’s Constitution states the regents have the full power responsibility and authority to supervise coordinate manage and control the Montana university system.
Thousands of Montanans have provided public comment since the bill was passed with many arguing it oversteps the constitutional authority granted to the board. Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian on today’s vote.