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Gun advocates push bill expanding rights

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 13 2013 03:59:31 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

Gun advocates are advancing several measures aimed at expanding gun rights.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took a second day of testimony on six bills backed by gun advocates.
One of the measures allows concealed carry of weapons by anyone who would otherwise qualify for a permit.
Supporters say concealed carry is currently allowed by anyone outside of city limits, a policy they argued has worked. They also want to allow concealed guns in currently prohibited places like bars.
Opponents argued it would make the permit system useless and make it difficult for police to determine who is allowed to be carrying guns.
Other gun rights would allow the use of silencers while hunting big game and let students bring guns on college campuses.