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The Texas State Senate has voted to allow licensed gun owners to carry their weapons in a concealed manner on public college campuses. The law included a caveat that allows college presidents to designate gun-free zones. The vote was Saturday, May 30, in the Senate. The House is expected to pass the bill Sunday, May 31 and then it will be signed into law by Governor Abbott.
The Campus Carry Bill will allow those that are 21 and over to carry a concealed handgun onto public college campuses, as long as they have a concealed weapons license. This law has been a priority for gun activists, despite the opposition of top universities all over Texas.
The House and the Senate have already passed their own versions of the Campus Carry Bill involving the right to carry guns on campus, and came to an agreement and then final approval this weekend. Opponents of the Bill have been appeased through the provision which gives college presidents the authority to designate gun-free zones. Presidents, however, will not be able to ban concealed weapons from campuses. In order to gain a concealed-carry license in Texas, the gun carrier has to be 21, which means that many college students will not qualify.
By Jeanette Smith
NBC 5: Texas Senate OKs Concealed Handguns on Campus
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