AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- As the National Rifle Association holds its annual meeting in Houston, state lawmakers in Austin are also tackling the issue of gun owners' rights.
The Texas House has approved about one dozen measures to soften gun restrictions in the state, including a plan to allow college students to carry concealed weapons to class. That measure, which sparked heated debate, allows colleges to opt-out, which helped sway some critics.
Another measure passed during the Saturday session lets school districts appoint a school marshal. Their identities would remain confidential, but these workers would receive firearms training and have access to a gun in emergencies.
The 12 gun bills passed during the so-called "gun day" at the state capitol still face procedural votes before heading to the Texas state Senate.
197-c-08-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"most firearms friendly"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports, as the NRA hosted a gun show in Houston, Texas lawmakers in Austin gave preliminary approval to one dozen controversial gun bills -- including one that allows college students to carry concealed weapons to class. (4 May 2013)
199-c-07-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"to challenge it"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports one of the measures passed by the Texas House would exempt the state from federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which is raising constitutional issues. (4 May 2013)
198-c-09-(Will Weissert (WY'-surt), AP correspondent)-"in public schools"-AP correspondent Will Weissert reports lawmakers in the Texas House approved 12 bills to ease some of the state's gun restrictions. (4 May 2013)
070-a-08-(Carol O'Day, MG Arms, custom gun manufacturer and National Rifle Association member, in AP interview at the NRA annual convention)-"our political climate"-Custom gun manufacturer Carol O'Day says it's an exciting time to be in the business. (4 May 2013)
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