Lone Star State Moves Closer to Increasing Armed Personnel in Schools

For months after the Santa Fe shooting, many in both Texas state electoral politics and the Texas political commentariat class debated what might be done in the Lone Star State to deter would-be school shooters. Last month, The Texas Tribune reported on numerous school safety bills that are wending their way through the state legislature in the current session. Notably missing from the lawmakers’ legislative agenda was gun control itself. . .

Now, also according to The Texas Tribune, the Texas Senate has followed through and passed a bill that “would remove a cap on the number of school personnel that can carry firearms at schools.” More from The Tribune:

In the first legislative session after a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 dead and 13 others wounded, the Texas Senate on Monday advanced a bill that would abolish the limit on how many trained school employees — known as school marshals — can carry guns on campus.

Under the marshal program, school personnel whose identities are kept secret from all but a few local officials, are trained to act as armed peace officers in the absence of law enforcement. Currently, schools that participate in the program can only designate one marshal per 200 student or one marshal per building.

“School districts need to be able to tailor the school marshal program for their unique needs,” State Sen. Brandon Creighton, a Conroe Republican who authored Senate Bill 244, said about the legislation last week. “SB 244 removes those limitations in statute on the school marshal program to accommodate the unique needs of districts across the state …”

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