UTB poll indicates students oppose concealed handguns on campus

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:57am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 8:13am

A bill to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on campus, will be up for a vote in Austin later this week. A recent poll showed that more than half the students at the University of Texas at Brownsville opposed having concealed handguns on campus, Marty Watson reports.

Texas is one of the most open states in terms of its gun laws, but that fact does not necessarily represent all of the opinions that the college students in the Valley have, students at UTB expressed their opinions about how they feel about gun laws.

In the past decade, there have been a number of school shootings, including one at a Texas community college in January. In Texas, there is no waiting period to purchase a handgun, nor is there a limit on the number of rounds a gun can hold.

There are clearly some divided views among Valley college students. While Texas laws are generally less restrictive than in most other states. The debate on further loosening concealed handgun laws continues.

The poll did not represent all the students in the lower Valley area because some had strong opinions on having more strict gun control laws.

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