Texas House Approves Gun Training Bill for Teachers

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives passed the Texas School Safety Training Act (SB 1857) Friday, which authorizes qualified Concealed Handgun License (CHL) instructors to earn school safety certification. In turn, the instructors would be eligible to train teachers to be able to handle an active shooter event.

Supported by the Texas Parent Teacher Association, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Texas State Rifle Association, the bill would allow teachers who already have a CHL, to receive training on best practices to protect students. Additionally, the will learn how to interact with first responders, tactics to deny an intruder entry into a classroom and accuracy with a handgun under duress, North Texas e-News reports.

The bill now awaits approval from Gov. Rick Perry.

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