Subscribe to receive our Floor Reports covering all the action on the Texas House and Senate floor!
Summary: HB 1009 would allow public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to designate one staff member who has a concealed handgun license (CHL) as a school marshal, provided the staff member receives training and certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and permitting one marshal for every 400 students. A school marshal would be required to keep the gun in a safe location when around children.
Analysis: HB 1009 seeks to protect the most basic property right - life. In light of the devastating attacks that have happened on public school campuses, this legislation functions to provide an option for protecting students while they are in the care of a school. This also gives school districts local control on deciding whether they want to have a school marshal. Support HB 1009.