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This week’s gunfire at a Houston-area college prompted new calls Wednesday for allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into Texas college buildings and classrooms as a measure of self-defense.

Texas lawmakers already are considering a bill that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms. A similar measure failed in 2011, but last month’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., had already helped renew the debate over safety in schools, and Tuesday’s gunfire at Lone Star College had supporters looking to rally more support.

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, who filed the Campus Personal Protection Act last week, called the Lone Star College shooting a prime example for the need for his bill.

“It affirms what we know is true: When you disarm law-abiding citizens that we ought to trust, we make them defenseless,” Birdwell said.

Source: Jim Vertuno for The Associated Press

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