Texas college students and faculty members with concealed handgun licenses would be allowed to pack their firearms on campus under a bill that the Senate tentatively approved Tuesday.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth wants to give students protection. The guns-on-campus measure was offered by a senator who said he wanted to give Texas students protection against mass shootings such as occurred at Virginia Tech University in 2007. A deranged student killed 32 people in the massacre, the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

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