In a bold move to address the concern of active shooter response in the case of school shootings, the Texas State House approved a plan Monday to further train teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms.
With a simple voice vote and no debate, lawmakers passed a proposal drafted by Sen. Dan Patrick that would apply to traditional public school and charter campuses that don’t already employ armed guards. Patrick, a Houston Tea Party Republican, chairs the Senate Education Committee and his bill sailed through that chamber on a 28-3 vote last month.
It must clear a final, procedural vote in the House before heading to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry—a fierce supporter of Second Amendment rights.