Bill Promotes Firearms Training in Public Schools

AUSTIN, February 11, 2013 - State Representative White has authored a bill to promote elective firearms training in public schools in the State of Texas.Below is the bill as introduced.

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to a public school elective course on firearm safety,
training, and history.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Education Code, is
amended by adding Section 28.015 to read as follows:
Sec. 28.015. ELECTIVE COURSE ON FIREARM SAFETY, TRAINING,
AND HISTORY. (a) A school district may offer to students in grade
nine or above an elective course on firearm safety, training, and
history.
(b) The purpose of a course under this section is to teach
the history and importance of the Second Amendment to the United
States Constitution and to teach respect for and proper use of
firearms. A course under this section must include:
(1) instruction on the Second Amendment to the United
States Constitution;
(2) instruction on firearm safety;
(3) training in the use of firearms, including the
safe use of common firearms such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, and
shotguns;
(4) instruction on firearm maintenance and cleaning;
and
(5) instruction on hunter safety.
(c) If a school district offers a course under this section,
the person who teaches the elements of the course listed in
Subsections (b)(2) through (5) must be:
(1) a qualified handgun instructor certified under
Section 411.190, Government Code; or
(2) a peace officer who is licensed under Chapter
1701, Occupations Code, and who is employed by a local law
enforcement agency.
SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014
school year.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

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