Texas takes a big step closer to major gun rights expansion

The Associated Press reports:

Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called “campus carry” measure, barely beating a midnight deadline.

The legislation, one of the two major gun rights bills of the session, had appeared destined to fail, with more than 100 amendments lined up in a Democratic effort to kill it.

But then Democrats abruptly dropped the amendments about 25 minutes before the deadline, and the chamber’s large Republican majority forced a vote, approving the measure 101-47….

Midnight was the deadline for the House to pass bills that originated in the Senate. A final House vote on the measure Wednesday would set up negotiations with the Senate. A compromise would have to be sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott by June 1 to be signed into law.

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