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Texas Senate takes up another round of guns debate

Texas Senate takes up another round of guns debate
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 5:24pm

AUSTIN — Texas senators voted Tuesday to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into public university classrooms, but an angry senator stopped the measure from getting a final vote.

The 19-12 vote in favor of the concealed guns measure was significant because it was the first by either the full Senate or House on an issue that has become a flashpoint of controversy in the 2011 session.

But minutes later, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who opposes the measure and was angered that one of her bills was changed to add the guns issue, pulled the bill from further consideration and vowed to let it die.

The moves leaves the guns issue stuck in limbo at the start of the final month of the legislative session. Sen., Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, vowed to keep trying to pass it before the session ends.

"This is not a revolutionary and new idea," Wentworth said after Zaffirini cut off debate by pulling the bill down.

The bill seemed assured passage when the session began in January.

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