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Missoula to require background checks for private gun sales


September 28, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana city will soon require background checks for any private gun sales that occur within its borders.

The Missoula City Council voted 8-4 Monday to require the background checks for most private sales or trades within city limits. It makes exceptions for family transfers, hunting and emergency self-defense.

"Let's the raise the bar for ourselves," said Councilwoman Marilyn Marler, speaking to her fellow gun owners. If criminals get a gun, she said, "they won't get one from me."

Missoula is the first city in Montana to require a background check on private f...

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