Guns on Campus

Guns in Schools
10:21 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Schools Deciding Whether to Allow Armed Marshals on Campus

Under a new law, Texas school districts can designate a trained school marshal to carry a concealed weapon on campus.
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The controversial policy of allowing armed marshals at public schools could soon be a reality for some Texas school districts. Under a new law passed during the most recent legislative session, school administrators may designate a trained employee to act as school marshal, authorized to carry a concealed handgun to respond in emergency situations.

Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 1009, also known as the Protection of Children Act, into law this June. Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, penned the bill in response to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

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83rd Texas Legislature
10:54 am
Tue May 28, 2013

83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't

Bob Daemmrich/Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Todd Wiseman via Texas Tribune

It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session. 

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2013 Legislative Session
10:20 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Senators to Weigh Bill Allowing Guns on College Campuses

After passing the House, a campus carry bill moves to the Senate.
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The Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee is holding a public hearing this afternoon on a bill that would allow guns on college campuses.

The Texas House approved HB 972 two weeks ago. 

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Politics
7:38 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Pro-Gun Bills Expected to Move From Texas House to Senate

Final House passage of pro-gun bills could come on May 6, 2013, before they're sent to the Texas Senate.
Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM

In recent days, Texas state senators have expressed opposition to passing bills this session to expand where Texans can carry their concealed handguns – places like college campuses.

But on Saturday, House members passed a number of gun-friendly bills, including one that would make it easier to bring concealed handguns into campus buildings – classrooms included. House Bill 972, by State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, says colleges and universities are not “crime-free zones.”

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Agenda Texas: Saturday is Gun Day in the Texas House

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Texas is a gun-friendly state. I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know. That fact is easy to see during any given legislative session, when bills are often filed expanding where people can carry in the state.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

TX Senator Wants Students to Have Right to Keep Guns in Cars

State Sen. Glenn Hegar, far right, responds to questions by State Sen. Brian Birdwell during a floor vote on April 30, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

Texas college students are a step closer to being allowed to bring concealed handguns onto campuses.

That's after the state Senate passed a bill today that would let students, as well as faculty and staff, who have concealed carry licenses, to bring firearms onto campus. Guns would not be welcomed, however, inside classrooms or libraries.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

TX Senate Bill on College Campus Concealed Carry Dies This Session

A Texas Senate bill that would let students carry concealed handguns on college campuses is not moving forward this legislative session.
Texas Tribune

Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM

A Texas Senate bill that would let students carry concealed handguns on college campuses is dead this legislative session, with one senator saying it’s time for a “cooling off” period. 

The chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee says he gets why some want to legalize concealed carry on college campuses. Students are doing it illegally, he says.

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Texas
8:21 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Students Stopped The Stabbing Suspect At Texas College

Dylan Quick, who is accused in the stabbings at Lone Star College, in a photo supplied to the news media Wednesday by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:19 pm

"My first thought was I need to go catch him."

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Texas
6:17 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Training Texas School Employees to be Armed

Hearing at the Texas Capitol on gun training for school workers
KUT News

An effort intended to stop a shooter at a public school got a hearing Tuesday at the Texas Capitol. It’s a measure that would train school employees in gun use.

Under the bill from Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) a public or charter school with no armed security guard or school resource officer would get firearms instruction for two school employees.

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Politics
6:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Lawmakers, Public Debate Guns on Campus

Gun legislation drawing comments and criticism
Liang Shi for KUT

Students, parents and police testified Thursday on four bills that would allow some people to carry guns onto college campuses in Texas.

People crammed into a room at the Capitol to testify before the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. One of the bills the committee is considering would allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to carry a weapon at a public university. 

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Education
7:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Expert: Arming Teachers Could Make Them Targets

Non-public safety responders carrying guns are "at a high risk of being shot," says one expert.
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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. 

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Texas Lawmakers to Discuss School Safety Policy Changes

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Texas lawmakers are coming together to talk about school safety this afternoon.

The Senate Committee on Education is meeting with the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security to review current student safety policies and to discuss the potential for any policy changes.

Senators will hearing from both the public and experts about how improvements can be made to school safety.

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Guns
3:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Amid Bills and Debate, Another Campus Shooting

Some argue that allowing guns would improve campus safety
Texas Tribune

News of multiple gunshot victims at the North Houston campus of Lone Star College on Tuesday will likely weigh heavily on the minds of Texas lawmakers as they prepare to consider multiple bills relating to campus safety.

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Guns
7:17 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Dewhurst Calls for Armed Teachers

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asked Senators to explore arming teachers
Texas Tribune

In the wake of school shootings -- Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says he wants government-funded weapons training for teachers.  Dewhurst is asking State Senators to explore such a program and provide recommendations.

"The training involved with the concealed handgun law license is not sufficient in my judgment to have that person trained for an event involving an active shooter," Dewhurst said.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Education Chief: Leave Gun Decisions to Districts

Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants school districts to have some say over who carries guns on campuses.
Nathan Bernier/KUT News

As Texas lawmakers have discussed adding more armed guards to campuses or training staff members to carry weapons, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the Texas Tribune that it’s a good discussion for lawmakers to have, but he would like to see some local discretion.

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News Brief
6:11 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Top Morning Stories April 11, 2011

A wildfire burning near Fort Davis in West Texas on Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Jim Reese for KUT News

West Texas Fire Knocks Out Marfa Public Radio

A fire in the Fort Davis area was responsible for knocking out nearby Marfa Public Radio’s signal this weekend.  The fire burned the power lines that feed the station's mountaintop transmitter.  KUT's digital technology manager, Jim Reese, was flown over to help.  He said Marfa Public Radio went back on the air around 6 p.m. Sunday.  "Marfa Public Radio is the only station [there] that has wide area coverage, so there were no media outlets at all functioning for about 24 hours," said Reese. 

Wildfires Rage Across Texas

Hot, dry and windy conditions kept firefighters across many parts of the state busy this weekend.  26 Central Texas firefighters deployed to West Texas Sunday to help battle the wildfires in that region.  One team was sent to Fort Davis.  The Texas Forest Service told KUT resources were also sent in from 25 states.  

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