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Texas Gun Debate Continues

Wichita Falls, TX - Talks surrounding a bill that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns may be going blank. 

Some key lawmakers have flip-flopped on this issue. Newly elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said throughout his campaign that he was in support of open carry, but now said it's not a senate priority and he doesn't believe there are enough votes to pass. 

Heading into the 87th legislative session many Texas lawmakers believed with a heavily controlled legislature the passage of an open carry bill would easily garner enough support. 

A number of bills have been filed varying from licensed open carry, very similar to the concealed handgun law. Also, a bill that would be an all out open carry that would allow anyone and anywhere has also been filed. 

However, its not the only gun law on the agenda. Another bill be pushed and many believe has a chance to become a reality before open carry is campus carry. It would allow students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry guns in college classrooms and buildings. 

This proposed bill has enough support in the senate and has Lt. Gov. Patrick's support. However, recently it received opposition from one of the state's top higher education leaders, University of Texas System Chancellor, William McRaven. He best known for his directing the special forces mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. 

Despite opposition Gov. Abbott is confident a bill will be passed and pledges to sign it into law once it's on his desk. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6  

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