Only one school district in the state of Texas is on the record allowing pistol packing teachers. That may soon change. New plans were revealed today when FOX 7's Rudy Koski spoke to the top two political leaders in the state.
Experts at Texas State University provide specialized training into how to respond to an active shooter situation. Law enforcement personnel and emergency medical responders primarily take these classes.
Now Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is considering legislation to require the same type of training for teachers who want to pack a pistol in their classrooms.
"And the last thing we want is an armed camp for our children to be attending school in, but at the same time none of us want to see our children hurt," said the Lt. Governor.
The teacher gun legislation that lawmakers may consider could be modeled after a rule already in place at Harrold ISD. It's called the guardian plan. Teachers who take part must get district approval. Have a state concealed carry license. Undergo extra training and can only use bullets that break part to prevent ricochet. The Lt. Governor wants funding for the training to be included in the new budget.
"The state ought to put up the funds for robust training for the personnel that the ISD approves to carry a handgun in school so they will know what to do and they won't harm themselves and god forbid they hurt any children if there is an active shooter," said the Lt. Governor.
Teacher-gun legislation is expected to be introduced next week in the house. A broader guns on campus bill is also expected to be filed by a state senator. Representatives with teacher associations say instead of funding gun programs the state should be putting money into school counseling programs.
Governor Rick Perry says he is also open to the guns on campus idea. But says any final decision should stay local.
As for the national gun debate the Governor said he is concerned that President Obama is considering an executive order to enhance gun laws.
"The 2nd Amendment is the 2nd Amendment. The idea that you are the President of the United States with an executive order would impinge upon the U.S. Constitution that gets to be very serious and if you were talking about making some type of impingement on the 1st Amendment or the 19th Amendment, people would be up in arms so to speak," said Governor Perry.
The Governor went on to say that mental health reform should be part of the gun debate. According to Perry more federal, and state, funding is needed to address what he believes may the core of the gun violence problem.
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