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Bill to allow state lawmakers to carry weapons prohibited areas

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A bill filed at the Capitol would allow Texas State lawmakers to carry weapons in schools and other areas that are prohibited. 

Gun rights activists claim legislators are trying to sneak this through the Capitol in the final days of the regular session to give themselves special privileges.

Late Monday night, State Senator John Carona of Dallas added an amendment to a bill likely to pass into law. That amendment would give state lawmakers who have CHL's the right to carry a gun into schools, bars and other places currently prohibited.

The problem, according to gun rights activists, is that regular civilians who have CHL's still wouldn't be able to carry in those same areas. Those activists say this amendment to House Bill 508 gives lawmakers special privileges and rights that they won't allow their own constituents to have.

Michael Cargill, a local business owner and gun activist says it's an abuse of power by lawmakers.

"This is a prime example here of liberty for the elite. Senator Carona needs to lead, follow or get out of the way. He needs to think about everyone, all CHL holders here in the state of Texas, not just your state representatives and your state senators," Cargill said.

However, Senator Carona, says it's a matter of security and protection.

"We're protecting ourselves in the line of public duty. Being a legislator comes with added risk, not risk worn by people of the general population. When you're out there in the community trying to see your constituents, you're taken all sorts of locations where guns otherwise might be prohibited," Carona said.

The bill will now go back to the House. If the House approves this amendment, it will then go to Governor Perry's desk.

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