Lawmakers Approve Arms Training for Schoolteachers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Schools could train teachers to exchange fire with potential attackers under a plan advancing in the Texas Capitol.

In a 28-3 vote on Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill that would authorize one armed marshal for every 400 students. It has already passed the House over the objection of the state teachers association.

The measure would require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to reimburse their marshals for gun training. Teachers who serve as marshals would have to keep their guns locked within "immediate reach."

Advocates have described the proposal as a solution for smaller districts that cannot afford a campus police force. It was written by Republican Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas.

Republicans promised not to use the bill as a legislative vehicle to allow guns on college campuses.

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