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Texas set to allow concealed handguns in public universities

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Republicans in state senate approve ‘self-defence’ measure despite resistance from higher education officials

    Holders of concealed handgun licences will be allowed to take weapons into public universities in Texas if the law is passed. Photograph: Alamy

    The holders of concealed handgun licences are set to be allowed to carry weapons into public college buildings and classrooms in Texas, after Republicans in the state senate approved the measure as part of a universities spending bill.

    Republican senator Jeff Wentworth had been unable to gain the votes he needed to pass the issue as its own bill after it met stiff resistance from higher education officials, particularly from within the University of Texas UT-System.

    The senate’s 12 Democrats had mostly worked together to block the measure but were powerless to stop it on Monday when a majority in the 31-member chamber got it added to the spending bill as an amendment

     

    CONTINUED AT: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/10/texas-concealed-handguns-public-universities



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