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A new bill permitting concealed carry on college campuses passes narrowly through the state senate today and is on its way to the house for a vote.

Some leaders in the Montana University System aren't decided on the new proposal saying the current policy barring firearms from campus has so far been effective.

“On our campus we have a no weapons policy and it's worked for us up to this point, that we have a safe environment we have great relationships with the local law enforcement community and they've been very supportive of us,” said FVCC President Jane Karas.

If Senate Bill 143 passes the state Board of Regents would regulate several factors including how the weapon is secured keeping the gun in a campus dorm and allowing weapons at campus events where alcohol is served.

Veterans at FVCC say not everyone is equipped to deal with a combat-like situation and allowing students to be armed wouldn't automatically make the campus safer.

“Just because you have a concealed weapons permit doesn't you know how to use the gun in that situation and if you've never been in that situation you don't know how you're going to react,” said student vet Scott Brooke.

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