AUSTIN In keeping with their status as in-state rivals, Texas A&M and the University of Texas have taken opposite sides in the debate over campus carry.

State senators on Thursday opened debate for the first time this session on two gun bills, one sponsored by Granbury Republican Brian Birdwell that would allow concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols [inside buildings] on campus. [It's already legal in Texas to carry concealed handguns on the open grounds of college campuses.]

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