Texas Senate OKs Special Weapons Training For Teachers

AUSTIN (April 17, 2013)--The Texas Senate voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would have the state pay for some teachers to get special training in how to respond to school shooting situations.

Texas law already allows school districts to permit teachers with concealed handgun licenses to carry their weapons onto campus and the Senate wants the state pay for those teachers to receive special weapons and response training.

The bill limits the training to two teachers per school.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said the Texas Department of Public Safety would develop the training.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst proposed the idea after the December 2012 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Patrick says that shooting "changed the landscape of school safety."

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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