Texas House panel approves guns on campus bill

Schools could opt out of the provision

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AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas House panel has voted to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into college classrooms.

The measure has been opposed by state universities and gives schools a chance to opt out of the campus-carry provision if they first consult with students, faculty and staff. For campuses that still ban weapons, the bill reduces the penalty for a violation from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The 7-1 vote by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety sends the bill to the full House for consideration. The committee did not debate the bill before taking a vote.

Gun rights supporters say the bill is a self-defense measure that will help prevent campus shootings. Opponents say allowing guns into campus buildings only increases the chances for violence.


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