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North Texas Lawmakers File Gun Legislation

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    Last session, Texas state lawmakers approved both open and campus carry in Texas, after months of debate. Those issues may come up again this session. (Published Monday, Dec. 5, 2016)

    Open carry and campus carry were among the most heated battles in the last legislative session, but Texans can now carry openly with a license and public universities must allow guns on campus, though schools can create gun free zones.

    Now, Texas lawmakers are again submitting bills on both sides of the issues for the upcoming session.

    State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has already proposed two pieces of legislation. One bill calls for public universities to be able to opt out of campus carry completely.

    He is also working to limit open carry as well. Anchia has proposed a bill that says cities with more than 750,000 people can pass an ordinance prohibiting open carry.

    Plus, Anchia is trying again with a bill that has failed in the past. The proposal requires the seller of a gun in a person-to-person sale to get a background check on the buyer.

    Meanwhile, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Hurst, is again trying with a gun bill that didn't get passed in the last session. His bill says Texans who are legally permitted to carry handguns would not need a license.

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