Montana gun safety bill introduced on Parkland anniversary
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A gun safety bill championed by a Helena student advocacy group was introduced in the Montana Legislature on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Moffie Funk of Helena and developed by Helena Youth Against Gun Violence would fine a person who failed to secure a gun that is used in an act of violence.
The Independent Record reports the bill introduced Thursday also calls for the state Office of Public Instruction to develop model firearms safety training and procedures.
Clara McRae, a co-founder of the student group, says her organization believes the dual approach of education and regulation may help the bill appeal to both Republicans and Democrats.
The measure is scheduled to be heard next month by the House Judiciary Committee.
Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com