Dewhurst Weighs In On Further Training For Concealed Handguns In Schools

Nathan Bernier, KUT

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst talking to a Catholic school student about math at Austin's Cathedral School of St. Mary, December 2012.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst says he wants the state to provide money to better train concealed handgun carriers at schools.

State law allows the guns in schools if a district provides written permission. But Dewhurst says the training provided for a concealed weapons license isn’t thorough enough.

"I’m considering the state putting up funding for extra training, because 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 weighed in on the growing debate as Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said allowing concealed weapons in schools would better protect children.

The growing debate over allowing guns in schools for protection is dividing Texas lawmakers who will consider legislation on the issue.