Texas Renews Debate on Handguns on College Campuses

Friday, March 15, 2013

Texas lawmakers are renewing the debate on allowing concealed handguns into college classrooms.

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety is meeting Thursday to consider several bills allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their guns into campus buildings where they are currently banned.

CBS Austin affiliate KEYE-TV reports of the two bills, two are getting the most attention: One that would allow the concealed handguns into college classrooms, and another would train teachers as school marshals.

Claire Wilson James, a survivor of the University of Texas tower shooting in 1996 and a teacher of 30 years, is expected to testify against the bills. James will argue that the role of teachers and law enforcement are two different jobs that shouldn't be combined, KEYE-TV reports.

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