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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, from the Governor's Mansion, May 23, 2019.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a spending bill that includes a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage.

    The Republican signed a new $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. It includes money for the Texas Department of Public Safety to promote a safe gun storage campaign.

    The National Rifle Association and gun-rights activists had opposed similar legislation in Texas, where they've been a powerful force in a state with 1.3 million handgun license holders.

    An NRA lobbyist told lawmakers that a campaign designed by Texas state police could be corrupted by anti-gun rhetoric.

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