AUSTIN (April 30, 2013)—Students at Texas universities who are licensed to carry concealed handguns would be allowed to keep their guns locked in their cars in campus parking lots under a bill that won Senate approval Tuesday.
In a 27-4 vote Tuesday, the state Senate approved the bill, which would override rules adopted by several universities.
Under current law, universities can post a sign prohibiting guns like any private property owner.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, said the current restrictions unfairly single out college students.
During a debate on the Senate floor, state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, argued the bill would lead to allowing guns in college classrooms.
Hegar promised not to use the bill for that purpose, but a bill that would do that is scheduled for a House vote Saturday.