Lawmakers in Texas approved a bill on Sunday that will let college kids possess guns on campus so long as they keep them in their vehicles, according to The Associated Press.
The Texas House and Senate previously approved the measure amid a flurry of pro-gun bills the legislature passed earlier this month, but it was not final due to slight differences between each chamber’s version.
A reconciled version of the bill gained final approval on Sunday and Gov. Rick Perry (R), himself an ardent firearms enthusiast, is expected to sign it into law.
Current law allows universities to determine whether campus grounds should be gun-free zones.
The new law will require that universities allow properly licensed gun owners to keep their weapons in their vehicles, although universities can still prohibit people from openly carrying weapons to class.
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