TX legislator files bill offering gun courses to students

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:28am

There could be more guns on Texas school campuses if one lawmaker has his way. A state representative filed a bill to give school districts the option to offer gun safety courses to high school students.

Supporters say it will help prevent school tragedies.

State Representative James White hopes a new bill he's proposed helps more high school students. It would give schools across the state the choice to offer a class taught by a certified concealed handgun license instructor, or a peace officer, how to safely use guns like pistols, revolvers and shotguns.

But should guns be in the hands of students, some of who are barely teenagers? Peggy Weyel, who runs a hunter education program, says yes.

"We can guarantee that we have introduced them to gun safety," said Weyel. "I've hunted with several of the grandchildren of the people I've been on leases with, and those kiddos are some the safest hunters I've ever been around."

But she knows that even with all the training in the world, you can't control what people do once that training is over.

"We can verify and certify that they have received the proper instruction, the skills, knowledge and hopefully an attitude-- a positive attitude, but we cannot guarantee that they're going to practice all of that once they leave the classroom. You can only hope," said Weyel.

According to the Houston Chronicle, if the bill passes, it would have to be approved by the Texas Education Agency and the State Board of Education.

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