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Guns on campus bill clears Senate hurdle

Guns on campus bill clears Senate hurdle
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POSTED: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 2:48am

UPDATED: Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 7:47pm

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.

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Isn't there a federal law banning firearms on school/college campus? Does state law over throw federal laws law?

Totally agree with the opponents of this bill...what a sad and dangerous move, allowing students and teachers to "pack heat" in classrooms that should be devoted to learning. It would seem that a campus police force large enough to be able to monitor and control any and all situations would be the answer, leaving students to accomplish what their parent's are paying for...getting a good education. Perry and legislators will have to deal with accidents that may happen between those that carry,

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