House passes gun safety bill, advances to Senate

HELENA (AP) — The Montana House has passed an amended version of a gun safety bill championed by a Helena student group.
The Independent Record reports House Bill 477 was approved Thursday on a 61-35 vote. It now goes to the Senate for more debate.
The proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Moffie Funk of Helena would require the Montana Office of Public Instruction to create a gun safety program for public schools.
The original bill also would have fined those who fail to secure a gun that a child uses in an act of violence, but that provision was removed in the House.
Even with the change, Funk says the bill could make a huge difference in the lives of young people by encouraging school boards to get serious about gun safety education.