Arming teachers, mental health checks, reducing costs for vets.
The Texas Capitol will see a flurry of gun bills this session, covering everything from arming teachers to increased background checks for hand guns.
State Representative Dan Huberty says it's par for the course in Austin.
“We had plenty of gun bills last session, and you're going to see the same this time around,” the Kingwood Republican tells KTRH News. “We had the parking lot bill that passed last session, that's a good piece of legislation, and there are other good ones coming out.”
Among them, Huberty 's bill which would allow school board members to carry their weapons at meetings.
“My former colleagues, they felt that would be something they would at least like the opportunity to do, to protect themselves if they felt the need,” he says.
But how about arming teachers in the classroom? State Representative Sarah Davis isn't so sure.
“Parents I think should ultimately decide whether or not teachers should carry weapons in the classroom, and they do that by voting for their school board members,” says the West University Republican.
Davis herself introduced a bill to reduce the cost of obtaining a handgun license for peace officers and veterans.
“If anyone is more trained to use a weapon, it would be a peace officer and a veteran,” she says. “So I thought it made sense to see if we couldn't reduce the fees for a CHL.”
Davis says background checks are essential for any piece of gun legislation, adding all that will be addressed through other proposals.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Huberty & Davis: