'Guns on campus' bill wins final House passage

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 6:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The contentious push to allow Texas college students to carry firearms on campus has won final passage in the House.

The bill would allow students who are 21 or older — and have a concealed weapons permit — to bring their handguns to class unless a university chooses to forbid what has become known as "campus carry." Emotions flared over a similar proposal in 2011 before the measure was ultimately defeated.

The House on Monday easily gave final approval to this latest attempt by a 102-41 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Under the bill carried by Republican state Rep. Allen Fletcher, colleges and universities can still choose to prohibit guns. But a student caught with one on campus would not be breaking the law.

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