Despite protests of anti-gun activists, Texas legislature has voted to allow college students and employees to carry concealed handguns on campus.
According to Houston Chronicle, the bill allows students who are at least 21 years old and licensed to carry concealed handguns to bring those weapons into state campus buildings, although private institutions will be able to opt out.
Only university hospitals and athletic facilities will remain off limits to guns, it says.
"I would feel personally guilty if I woke up one morning and read that something similar had occurred on a Texas campus," said State Senator Jeff Wentworth, a Republican, who introduced the bill after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, quoted by the newspaper.
However, his Democratic counterpart Rodney Ellis expressed concern that the situation could confuse police, who will not know if a person carrying a gun on campus is violating the law or not.
"When there is an alcohol-related tragedy on campus, you don’t hear claims that giving students a 12-pack is the solution," he was quoted as saying. "Yet, when it comes to gun-related incidents, we seem to think that putting more guns in the mix will lead to a good, rather than bloody outcome."
Despite the developments in Texas, seven Louisiana state universities have recently signed resolutions opposing legislation to permit the carrying of loaded guns on college campuses.