Chet Billi, a 17-year old junior at Whitefish High School, filed the first draft language for a proposed concealed carry initiative for the 2016 ballot with the Montana Secretary of State.
The language in Chet Billi’s proposed initiative provides teachers at all levels the opportunity to carry, including colleges, in accordance with state concealed-carry laws.
Billi, a junior at Whitefish High School in Montana, filed the draft language for a new bill this week with the Montana Secretary of State.
Billi said, “I have an immense respect for firearms as well as a deep love for them.”
Billi didn’t understand that after school shootings “[t]he first thing the government seeks to do is take guns out of the hands of the very people who could have prevented the incident.”
Just the first step of many, this bill was sent to the Legislative Services Division so they can make revision recommendations within 14 days. The ballot language will ultimately require approval from Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D-MT) and Attorney General Tim Fox (R-MT) before signature gathering can begin.
The teen says he has no specific plan yet for the process of gathering signatures, but wanted to take the first steps in getting this a ballot.
An effort to legalize concealed carry on public college campuses passed the state Senate but died in the House during the last session on a 49-51 vote.