Gun 101: Texas high school students may soon be able to enroll

Gun 101: Texas high school students may soon be able to enroll

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In recent weeks we've heard about bringing open carry to Texas and there's even been chatter about teachers packing heat.

They already do in one Texas school district.

Now, one representative is hoping -- certainly not to arm students -- but to teach them about guns if they want to learn.

Republican representative James White from East Texas describes the bill to FOX 7 as a simple conservative bill that gives school districts the choice to offer an elective high school course on guns.

It would teach students how to operate guns, how to use them responsibly, as well as educating them on their Second Amendment rights.

White says when he was in school he participated in the Junior ROTC program where gun instruction was a big part.

So he feels this idea is really nothing new.

"We're not arming students. Again, it's training and offering opportunities for school districts to provide their students with the knowledge that they would need to exercise their rights in a responsible manner," White said.

White says this is not a CHL course.

Students wouldn't be getting their handgun licenses at the end.

He says much like a welding class or a shop class. It would most likely require parental permission to enroll.

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