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Texas Senate approves guns in locked cars on college campuses

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: May 01 2013 08:52:00 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

A bill working its way up in the Texas legislature might allow Texas college students to bring handguns on campus.  

The Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow students who have a concealed carry license to keep their guns locked in their cars in campus parking.

Local college students and campus police have mixed feelings about this proposal.

Some are all for it.

"Nothing too dangerous has ever happened here," said Abilene Christian University junior Jordan Fox. "If something dangerous did happen, I trust the people I go to school with to do the right thing and act responsible."

Jack Hodge, a freshman at ACU says as long as the individual is licensed to carry, he is okay with guns being on campus.

"If they've gotten the certification and the background checks done to get their license, yeah, sure, let them bring it on," Hodge said.

Some students said they wouldn't feel safe.

"I don't know who is carrying the gun and I don't know what kind of person they are," said ACU sophomore Armelle Dushime.

Other students just don't think the proposal is practical.

"Even in the event of an emergency, the chances to get to your car are pretty slim because on campus, the parking is kind of sparse," said ACU sophomore Megan Wixon.

Campus police say university officials will determine how the law is implemented. 

"We're going to go about business as usual, keeping things safe," said campus police officer Lt. Randy Motz.

Hardin-Simmons University was unavailable to comment on the issue and a representative from campus security at McMurry University said he didn't think it was a good idea and that it would offer no advantages.

The bill was passed by a bipartisan Senate vote of 27-4.

If it passes, the law will apply to both public and private universities.

The bill is scheduled for a House vote on Saturday.