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University of Texas could allow concealed handguns in class

By JIM VERTUNO
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Concealed handguns would be mostly barred from University of Texas dormitories but not from classrooms under recommendations presented to the school president.

UT President Greg Fenves will review the recommendations, offered Thursday, before a final vote of approval by university regents.

Texas state lawmakers are requiring public universities to allow concealed handgun license holders to bring weapons on campus starting Aug. 1, 2016.

Universities were told to draw campus gun-zone maps, with the provision they not try to ban weapons from most of campus.

Texas students and faculty have vigorously protested allowing guns in classrooms.

The panel that developed the recommendations says its members don't want guns in classrooms, but a ban would violate Texas law.

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