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May 14, 2013 5:16 PM by Associated Press

Guns on Campus Bill Heads to Full Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A bill to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into Texas college buildings and classrooms has new momentum in the state Senate, but it remains unclear if it has enough to become law.

The issue has failed in previous sessions and appeared destined for a similar fate until just a few weeks ago. But the House passed a version that lifts the statewide ban on guns at school while still allowing individual campuses to ban weapons.

On Tuesday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee endorsed the bill with a 4-2 vote. That sends the bill to the full Senate, where supporters hope they can push it on to Gov. Rick Perry before the session ends May 27.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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