Over the weekend, there was a shooting at a Bozeman retailer. While still under investigation, it seems that there was an altercation that led to one man pulling out a gun and shooting the other.

Full disclosure, I'm a big believer in the 2nd Amendment, but I understand that not everyone has the same viewpoint as I do, nor do they have the same platform to express their opinions, so I decided I would ask Montanans what they thought in an online poll.

The poll simply asked, "With the recent shooting inside a Bozeman business are you more or less likely to carry a weapon?" There were 3 answers available to pick from. "More likely", "less likely", and "I'm not sure".

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I know that Montana is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country, so I certainly wasn't surprised that the majority felt the need to protect themselves, however, the percentage of that majority is what blew me away.

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So what were the results?

Over 72 percent of the folks that voted in the poll said that they would be "more likely" to carry a weapon after the shooting. Coming in second with 14 percent was "less likely", and at 13 percent was "I'm not sure".

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So what are the laws about conceal and carry here in Montana?  According to the Montana Department of Justice:

"Montana law allows any person to carry a weapon without a concealed weapon permit, so long as that person is eligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law."

However, if you would like to obtain a Montana concealed weapons permit, you would need to get the form from your local sheriff's office. On a personal note, I would also recommend partaking in a gun safety course of some sort.  When it comes to such things, training is always a good thing.

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