Laws Concerning Carrying Concealed Firearms on Campus in Montana

The Montana State Constitution provides that  “The government and control of the Montana university system is vested in a board of regents of higher education which shall have full power, responsibility, and authority to supervise, coordinate, manage and control the Montana university system and shall supervise and coordinate other public educational institutions assigned by law.”

As a result, the University System can and does, prohibit concealed weapons on campus.

See Article X, section (9)(2)(a) of the Montana Constitution

Note:  University of Montana Policy 1009 restricts the possession and use of firearms on the campuses of the University of Montana with exceptions.

Students living in residence halls or Residence Life facilities must store any firearm with UMPD and follow mandatory requirements for possession. All residents of the University Villages and Lewis and Clark Villages must register any firearm with Residence Life.

The University of Montana Police Department’s Procedure ASOP 9B provides additional guidance regarding firearms on campus.

The University of Montana Police Department has a firearms storage vault where students, staff, and faculty can store their firearms.  See:

Updated:  December 19, 2023

Disclaimer: Policies are subject to change at any time, both during and between school years. In addition, individual school policies commonly include more details than can be succinctly captured by Each school should be consulted for its most accurate, up-to-date policy.