Concealed handguns on college campuses bill wins another round

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - (AP) - A bill allowing concealed handguns on Texas college campuses won another round of approval in the state Senate.

The Senate Criminal Justice committee approved the bill Thursday on a 4-2 vote. The next step is a vote by the full Senate, which approved a similar bill in 2009.

The bill prevents universities from banning concealed handgun license holders from carrying their weapons into college buildings and classrooms.

A similar bill is awaiting a vote in the House, where it is expected to pass. Gov. Rick Perry has said he supports the measure.

Opponents say allowing guns will add a volatile and dangerous element to college campuses and several higher education officials have opposed the bill.

Supporters call it a gun rights issue and a critical self-defense measure. What do you think? Should concealed handguns be allowed on Texas college campuses? Take our web poll.

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