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Texas Senate OKs Concealed Handguns on College Campuses



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    The Texas Senate has approved allowing license holders to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses -- but included a caveat that lets college presidents designate "gun-free zones."

    Senators voted Saturday to approve the measure. House passage expected Sunday sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.
    The so-called "campus carry" bill was a priority for gun rights activists, even though top universities statewide opposed it.
    Both chambers previously passed their own versions of the bill, and a weekend agreement between House and Senate negotiators set up final approval.
    Opponents won the concession of gun-free zones, though college presidents won't be able to ban handguns on entire campuses.
    In order to obtain a concealed-carry license, Texans must be 21 -- meaning many college students won't qualify.