Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms.
More than half of the members of the Texas House are co-authors
of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns.
The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so
Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he
jogs, says he supports the idea.
Texas is one of about a dozen states considering the idea and
has become a prime battleground because of its gun culture and
It would become the second state, following Utah, to pass such a broad-based law.
Colorado gives colleges the option, and several allow handguns.