In June 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the Protection of Texas Children Act (BH 1009) into law, authorizing schools to train certain employees as “school marshals” and carry concealed weapons on campus. After an apparent challenge to the bill by Democrat State Representative Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) in an AG Opinion Request, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott re-affirmed the authority of the law and clarified issues raised by Pickett.
The bill’s author, State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) said, “We’ve created a new class of law enforcement officers here in Texas to protect our kids in a moment of crisis,” after the bill’s passage last year. The bill was created in response to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
Source: Breitbart Texas