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Hundreds of people turned out for Missoula city council’s hearing on a proposed gun control ordinance Monday night. Most who spoke were in favor of the measure, which would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales in the city.

A hearing on requiring background checks for gun purchases happens tonight before Missoula’s city council.

The advocacy group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America is backing the proposed city ordinance that would require criminal background checks for gun sales between private parties. Right now, those checks are only required for federally licensed firearms dealers.

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Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online.