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.


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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