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Expert: Arming Teachers Could Make Them Targets

Allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns could make them targets in a school shooting, according to one law enforcement expert who testified before lawmakers Monday. State Senators held a joint committee hearing to hear ideas on improving safety in public schools in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed 26 lives.

“If there is somebody there with a gun that is not identified as a police officer, they’re at a high risk of being shot," said Pete Blair, director of research for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. "That’s just the reality of the situation and danger of the scenario that the police officers are in.”

Two school districts in Texas already allow some teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons if they are licensed by the state to do so. Those are Harold ISD and Union Grove ISD.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has argued that the state should pay for teachers to be trained in case of an active shooter situation.  Other gun-related bills filed this legislative sessioninclude one to allow guns on college campuses, and another to reduce the number of hours required to obtain a concealed handgun permit. 

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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