Texas Senate OKs concealed handguns on college campuses

Texas Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, votes for an amendment to an open carry handgun bill in the Senate chambers, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Senators are considering a proposal that's already cleared the House and would allow licensed Texans to carry pistols holstered on their hips or otherwise in plain sight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved allowing license holders to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses — but included a caveat that lets college presidents designate “gun-free zones.”

Senators voted 20-11 Saturday to approve the measure. House passage expected Sunday sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

The so-called “campus carry” bill was a priority for gun rights activists, even though top universities statewide opposed it.

Both chambers previously passed their own versions of the bill, and a weekend agreement between House and Senate negotiators set up final approval.

Opponents won the concession of gun-free zones, though college presidents won’t be able to ban handguns on entire campuses.

In order to obtain a concealed-carry license, Texans must be 21 — meaning many college students won’t qualify.

 

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