Texas college students who are licensed to carry concealed handguns would be allowed to keep their guns locked in their cars in campus parking lots under a bill advancing in the Legislature.
In a 27-4 vote Tuesday, the state Senate approved a bill that would override rules adopted by several universities. Under current law, universities can post a sign prohibiting guns like any private property owner.
Republican Sen. Glenn Hegar of Katy said the current restrictions unfairly single out college students.
During a debate on the Senate floor, Democratic Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso argued the bill would lead to allowing guns in college classrooms.
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Hegar promised not to use the bill for that purpose, but a bill to do that has been scheduled for a House vote Saturday.