Bill Allowing Guns In Cars On Texas Campuses Wins Senate Approval

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.

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