Texas Bill to Allow More Armed Teachers Signed into Law
By Chris Eger
Gov. Abbott removed limits on the number of armed teachers and staff allowed on school campuses in Texas. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott gave his approval last week to a measure that would allow public and private schools to use more armed teachers and staff.
The proposal, HB 1387, passed the state House 97-46 and the Senate by a 24-6 vote. Abbott, who had previously approved campus carry legislation into law for the state’s universities, signed the bill on June 6 along with others enhancing school safety and expanding access to mental health resources.
“Today, I am proud to sign legislation to make Texas schools safer for students and teachers,” said Abbott. “I thank members from both chambers, as well as the many stakeholders, who worked tirelessly to get these bills through the Legislature and to my desk today.”
Since 2013, Texas law allows public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to appoint what are termed School Marshals from school employees. Candidates must hold a state concealed carry license, pass a psych exam and complete a mandated 80-hour course covering physical security, use of force, active shooter response, and weapon proficiency. In 2018, it was estimated there were at least 165 school