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Rep. Jason Villalba files bill to create armed school marshals

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AUSTIN, Texas -

While Congress and the President fight over restrictions on gun sales, a newly elected Texas lawmaker already has a plan.

In response to the Sandy Hook massacre, Dallas Republican Jason Villalba filed a bill in Austin that would allow Texas schools to appoint armed marshals on campus. This new kind of peace officer would be similar to a federal air marshal aboard commercial airlines.

The legislation called The Protection of Children's Act will certainly take center stage as state lawmaker's debate school security.

The school marshal would be a school employee known only to the principal, the school district administrators and local police.

The marshals would not wear a uniform. Their guns would have to be locked up in a secured location.

The person would have to have a concealed handgun license and their own weapon.

The person would have to go through more weapons training. The training would not be as much as is required for a police officer or sheriff's deputy.

The proposal would allow one school marshal for every 400 students.

The district employee would have to volunteer to be in the school marshal program.

The training would be paid for either by the individual or the school district. This would not be a state mandated policy, but an option for school districts.

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