AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Legislature has approved a bill allowing students with proper licenses to keep guns in their cars on college campuses.
The House and Senate previously passed the proposal by Republican Sen. Glenn Hegar of Katy. Both chambers on Sunday then approved a version reconciled in conference committee, sending it to Gov. Rick Perry's desk to be signed into law.
The measure sparked some debate in the Senate and passed only after Democrats received assurances it wouldn't be expanded to allow carrying guns on campus. House approval was easier.
Under current law, universities can post a sign prohibiting guns like any private property owner. But the approved measure overrides that.
Supporters noted that it simply extends to students a right faculty and staff members and others on campus already have.