AUSTIN (AP) – A bill that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into college classrooms and buildings has been scheduled for a public hearing next week in the Texas House.

The hearing will be the first major action on legislation that some school officials have warned could make campuses dangerous. Supporters of the measure call it a gun rights issue and a critical self-defense measure to help avoid mass shootings like the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

The House bill by Dallas-area Republican Rep. Joe Driver has the support of more than half of members in the GOP-leaning House. The hearing before the Homeland Security and Public Safety committee is scheduled for Wednesday.

Texas has become a prime battleground for a movement to prevent schools from banning concealed weapons.

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