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Concealed carry bill passes inspection

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 00:10

Student Senate will vote Wednesday on a bill that calls on the Texas A&M University and the Texas State Legislature to allow anyone with a valid concealed handgun license to carry a handgun on the Texas A&M campus and within buildings.

The Texas A&M Legislative Affairs Committee finalized wording of the bill Wednesday night and sent it to Student Senate for a final vote.

The Texas government currently allows universities to create their own concealed carry policies.

Texas A&M policy says a concealed handgun is permitted on campus, but not inside buildings.

During the meeting, students expressed their concern that the bill has no restrictions against carrying a gun in residence halls, hospitals or religious institutions. Other students argued that the bill would help campus safety.

In the referendum conducted during the spring student body elections in 2011, 54 percent of students said they did not want guns on campus.

Bill author Clay Cheshire said he maintains that constitutional rights should not be up for a vote, and he believes this bill will make campus safer for students. 

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