Texas House to debate 14 firearms bills

POSTED: 12:17 PM MDT May 04, 2013 
EL PASO, Texas -

It's gun day in the Texas House.

Lawmakers are taking up 14 bills related to firearms or their licensing or regulation on Saturday. Among them is a contentious plan to allow concealed weapons permit holders to take their handguns into college classrooms.

That issue became exceedingly volatile during the last legislative session in 2011, and ultimately failed. The version currently in the House, though, would allow colleges to opt-out - which has softened critics' opposition to it.

Even if that bill advances in the House, however, it may face long odds in the Senate.

Another measure would exempt Texas from any future federal limits on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

And there's a bill to allow a concealed handgun license to be used as a valid form of state ID.