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La Vernia Independent School District voted this week to allow armed teachers for classroom defense under Texas's Guardian program.
San Antonio-area La Vernia Independent School District voted this week to allow armed teachers for classroom defense under Texas’swseddsdsw Guardian program.
The Texas Association of School Boards sets forth the Guardian program:
KENS5 quoted La Vernia ISD’s safety and security director Dr. Michael Duffek saying, “The program arms qualified staff members to carry a concealed firearm on their person to protect staff and students in the event of an active shooter.”Under the authority of the federal GFSA and the Texas Penal Code, school districts can grant written permission for anyone, including designated employees, to carry firearms on campus.18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(B)(v); Tex. Penal Code § 46.03(a)(1)(A). An individual authorized by the district in writing to carry a firearm on school premises is not carrying the firearm pursuant to the individual’s handgun license, but rather pursuant to the written authority granted under Section 46.03. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. GA-1051 (2014).
KSAT notes that teachers who want to carry must meet the following requirements:
- 20 hours of classroom training
- 20 hours at a firing range
- Pass annual psychological exams
- Already have a license to carry
- Submit to random drug tests
FOX News observes that in addition to the Guardian program, “Texas schools can also have one school marshal per 400 students who can carry a firearm.”