From Texas Standard:

An iconic Texas burger chain has found itself in the crosshairs of gun politics in the months leading up to a state law change set to take effect allowing open carry of handguns.

Preston Atkinson, President and CEO of Whataburger, released a statement this week, saying that, “Whataburger supports customers’ Second Amendment rights, but we haven’t allowed the open carry of firearms in our restaurants for a long time, although we have not prohibited licensed concealed carry.”

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A bill that would allow for the licensed, concealed carry of handguns in college dormitories and other buildings associated with both public and private institutions of higher education was sent to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature on Monday.

Provisions for "Gun-Free Zones" have been carved out and the possibility for private universities to "opt-out" were included in the bill.  

Gov. Greg Abbott has said several times that he will sign this bill into law, so what will it mean for universities and students to have potentially more guns on campus?

Coming Soon To Texas: More Guns In Public

Jun 1, 2015

Texas is already known as a gun-friendly state, and a couple of new bills just passed by the legislature will make it even easier to carry guns in there.

It’s already legal for Texans to carry long guns in public, but soon that right will be extended to handguns as well. Anyone with a concealed-carry permit will be allowed to wear a holstered handgun in public places.

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Legislation requiring the state’s public universities to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings is now one step away from becoming law. 

After final approval from the Texas House Sunday, Senate Bill 11 now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he will sign the measure.

The state Senate approved the bill Saturday. 

It took about an hour Sunday for the chamber to pass the controversial measure — over the passionate pleas of several Democrats who rose to speak against it — on a 98-to-47 vote. 

Texas Lawmakers Reach Deal For Guns On Campus

May 30, 2015
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AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers kicked off the final weekend of the legislative session expecting a vote to allow concealed handguns in public college classrooms, while efforts to curb the rising costs of offering free tuition to veterans and their families collapsed.

House and Senate negotiators agreed on the so-called “campus carry” bill that lets college presidents designate some areas as gun-free zones. A final vote was expected Saturday.

Lawmakers decided that universities have unique areas like hospitals and biotechnology labs, where people shouldn’t be armed. But they warn school presidents that handguns can’t be banned from entire campuses.