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Texas teachers pushing to pack heat on campus

Friday, August 08, 2014 - 01:24

Some 300 Texas teachers are packing pistols in shooting class this week, aiming to earn their concealed carry licenses. The teachers are hoping for a chance in the law to allow handguns on campuses. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Teachers in Texas are gunning for change. Right now it's illegal to carry guns onto school campuses But about 300 teachers aiming to get their concealed handgun license this week, hope that will change. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM WOODWARD, HUMBLE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, SAYING: "It's important that we have someone on campus who is able to keep us safe and having security guards and people with guns on campus isn't always plausible with funding and the lack of funding in schools." Spring Guns and Ammo in Houston is letting the teachers take the class for free. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PATRICK WOODS, SPRING GUNS AND AMMO, SAYING: "A firearm is only a tool... and teachers should be able to use that tool to protect themselves and in the hands of a well instructed and knowledgable person, that tool is not a danger to anyone but to the person who is there to try and cause harm." But not everyone in local education is on board. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW DEWEY, EXEC VP HOUSTON FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, SAYING: "It's a horrible idea. The Houston Federation of Teachers has no problems with handguns on campus if they're carried and handled by a properly trained and certified law enforcement officer who gets more than just four hours of classroom work and knows how to handle life and death situations." But the teachers believe four hours of classroom work is just enough... to make their students safer.

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Texas teachers pushing to pack heat on campus

Friday, August 08, 2014 - 01:24