Texas is one of the strongest gun rights states in the country and has allowed concealed handgun licenses since 1995. License holders must be at least 21 years old and pass a training course. They are allowed to carry their weapons many places, including the state Capitol where simply showing their license to security will allow them to bypass metal detectors.
But college campuses remain off limits for weapons and the campus carry question erupted into one of the most contentious issues of the 2011 session before if failed. Supporters, including the Texas Rifle Association, are pushing the measure again, calling it a gun rights and self defense issue. Thursday's meeting drew a large police presence outside the committee with at least four state troopers stationed inside the room or in the hallway.
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