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Texas Rushes To Pass Gun Rights Bills Before Legislative Session Expires

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Texas Rushes To Pass Gun Rights Bills Before Legislative Session Expires

Texas legislators are under the gun (so to speak), facing a time crunch to pass open carry and campus carry legislation in the next few days before the session expires:

Two bills to expand gun rights that had been expected to fly through the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature have instead hit several snags and will need a big push during this final week of the session if they are to become law.

A so-called campus carry bill, which would allow concealed handguns in college classrooms, cleared the Senate in March and is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday. An open carry bill, which would permit guns to be carried in plain sight most everywhere, passed both chambers in different forms but ran into unexpected turbulence last week as a surprising coalition of Senate liberals and tea party conservatives teamed up for a vote to limit police oversight of the measure.

Both bills now are short on time if they are to be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to expand gun rights in his first session as chief executive. The regular session ends June 1.

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