BOZEMAN, Mont -

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says his position on gun control is one reason he couldn't step onto the national political stage.
    
Political pundits have mentioned Schweitzer as a possible candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
    
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/Z8TA2e ) a bearded Schweitzer told some Montana State University students on Thursday that he couldn't give an acceptable answer to voters in states like Iowa and Florida if they asked him about gun control. He says his response would be something like: "You control yours, I'll control mine."
    
Schweitzer was governor for eight years before leaving office due to term limits. Schweitzer and a New York-based hedge fund are working to oust the board of Stillwater Mining Co., over its investment in a copper mine in Argentina and other mines in Canada.