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A bill to allow concealed handguns in Texas college classrooms failed its first big test.

Another failure in the Senate on Monday, or another long delay without a vote, could mean the measure that was expected to easily pass this session could be holstered for another two years.

The Republican sponsor of the bill, Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, tried to pass it last week but abruptly cut off debate when two Democrats withdrew their support, leaving it one vote shy of the 21 needed under Texas Senate rules to vote on a bill.

Wentworth said he plans to try for a vote again Monday.

“I’m hopeful and cautiously optimistic,” Wentworth said.

Source: Jim Vertuno for the Associated Press via Chron.com.

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