House gives quick nod to gun bills
David Saleh Rauf and Kolten Parker, Houston Chronicle
AUSTIN - Texas House Republicans delivered several victories to gun-rights advocates Saturday, advancing proposals intended to place more guns in schools and to prevent the federal government from seizing a Texan's firearm or ammo.
As part the lower chamber's unofficial "gun day," lawmakers voted to tentatively approve a bevy of gun bills - from creating a program for so-called school marshals trained to thwart attacks to reducing the amount of classroom instruction needed for a concealed handgun permit.
The most controversial, however, is one designed to allow college students with a concealed handgun license to tote their pistols in the classroom. The bill tentatively passed on a voice vote but still needs to clear a final hurdle Monday.