HELENA - The House has endorsed a gun rights proposal that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in urban areas without a permit.
House Bill 271 would allow anyone eligible for a concealed weapon permit to carry without actually applying for a permit. Concealed carry is already allowed in rural areas without a permit. The bill moved forward Monday by a 55-45 vote.
Republican Rep. Krayton Kerns of Laurel argues it's important to restore gun rights that he says have been legislated away.
Opponents argue the bill would make it difficult for law enforcement to determine who was legally carrying a gun and the measure could put guns in places they don't belong.
The bill faces one more usually procedural vote before heading to the Senate.