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Bill Lets Lawmakers Carry Guns Where Public Can’t

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A customer looks over a .45-caliber pistol in suburban Chicago on July 12, 2010. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A customer looks over a .45-caliber pistol in suburban Chicago on July 12, 2010. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas senators have voted to allow legislators and statewide elected officials who are concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into places the rest of the public is not.

The bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican, would let lawmakers carry their concealed handguns into bars, churches, sporting events and businesses.

Patrick says he is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. The bill also covers federal prosecutors.

The bill passed on a 25-6 vote. Supporters say lawmakers, judges and prosecutors are potential targets for assassins and should be able to carry protection at all times.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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