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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved allowing concealed carry permit holders to have guns in their locked cars parked outside schools.

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Sen. Bryan Hughes’ bill was approved Monday 25-6. A similar, bipartisan measure has cleared a committee in the state House but not yet reached a floor vote in that chamber.

It is aimed at teachers who have licenses to carry concealed handguns and want to keep guns in their cars while at work.

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State law bans guns on school grounds.

Hughes, a Republican from Mineola, said the measure had “grassroots” support because he heard from two teachers who supported the idea.

Sen. Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat opposed to the proposal, objected, asking if two people in support really constituted a grassroots groundswell.

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