AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas senators on Tuesday advanced modest changes to state gun laws, trading incremental progress across the political aisle as they approved new penalties for those who seek to buy guns for criminals and voted in favor of allowing college students to keep guns in their cars on campus.
Both measures came with promises made to ease suspicions on the floor of the chamber.
“It shows how we’re working together as a Senate,” said Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.
In a 27-4 vote, the Senate approved a bill that would allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep their weapons locked in their cars on campus parking lots. Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, assured Democrats his bill would not be extended to include classrooms.
And in a unanimous vote minutes earlier, the Senate approved new criminal penalties for “straw purchasers.” Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, assured Republicans that his…
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