Open carry likely starting final approach to Abbott’s desk

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Legalizing open carry of handguns in Texas is beginning the final approach to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The last two weeks of the legislative session begin Monday. It started in January with expanded gun rights ranking among the biggest priorities for Republicans, who swiftly passed bills that would allow licensed Texas gun owners to carry their handguns.

Texas is only of only six states that don’t allow some form of open carry.

A Senate committee Monday could put final touches on an open-carry measure that Abbott has already said he’ll sign into law.

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Gun rights supporters also pushed lawmakers over the past five months to allow concealed handguns on college campuses. But resistance among university leaders has dimmed those prospects.