Guns on campus bill clears Senate hurdle
POSTED: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 2:48am
UPDATED: Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 7:47pm
Austin, TX — 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.