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Gov. Abbott Signs Open Carry, Campus Carry Laws At Shooting Range

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PFLUGERVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) — Two controversial gun bills were signed Saturday by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Texas governor signed the campus carry and open carry today at the Red's Indoor Range in Pflugerville.

Senate Bill 11 -- otherwise known as "campus carry" -- allows licensed gun owners to carry a concealed handgun in and around public college buildings and dorms. The bill includes a concession allowing schools to carve out "gun-free zones." It takes effect August 1, 2016.

House Bill 910 -- otherwise known as "open carry" -- lifts a 140-year-old ban. It will allow licensed gun owners to openly carry a holstered handgun in any location that allows the carrying of a concealed gun. It takes effect January 1, 2016.

Prior to the signing, 44 states in the union had some form of an open carry law on the books.

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