Texas Lawmakers OK Firearms Training For Teachers

AUSTIN (May 22, 2013)--Schools could train teachers to exchange fire with potential attackers under a plan that the state Senate approved Wednesday.

In a 28-3 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill that would authorize one armed marshal for every 400 students.

The measure 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 say the proposal is a solution for smaller districts that cannot afford a campus police force.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, authored the measure.

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

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