UT chancellor appeals to Perry to keep guns off campus

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa is renewing his concern that allowing concealed handguns into college classrooms would make universities more dangerous.

House lawmakers will hold a Thursday hearing to consider several bills allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their guns into campus buildings where they are currently banned.

Cigarroa wrote to Gov. Rick Perry this week. Cigarroa says students, parents, faculty and law enforcement worry that allowing guns will make campus less safe. He wrote a similar letter in 2011 when campus gun bills were debated but ultimately failed.

Supporters of the campus gun bills consider it a gun rights issue and necessary for self-defense in case of a campus shooter.

Thursday's hearing is before the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

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