Re­vival ex­pected for pro­posal to per­mit firearms on cam­puses

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Ward mward@states­

In Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry has be­come a na­tional poster child for Sec­ond Amend­ment rights, the tragic mas­sacre at a Con­necti­cut school last week prom­ises to en­er­gize ef­forts to bol­ster school safety, in­clud­ing a longde­bated pro­posal to al­low con­cealed weapons in col­lege build­ings, law­mak­ers pre­dicted Tues­day.

“There’s very se­ri­ous con­cern right now about the safety of our schools, and I think we’ll have a very se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion about how to im­prove it, as we should,” said veteran state Sen. John Whit­mire, chair­man of the Se­nate Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, which ap­proved the cam­pus-carry bill two years ago — though it later failed to pass into state law.

“I’d be sur­prised if the cam­pus-carry bill doesn’t come up again, and it may pass. To say that (con­cealed hand­gun li­cense) hold­ers in­crease the like­li­hood of vio---

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