Small Gun Points in TX Gov’s School Safety Plan

Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a school shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a wide-ranging school safety plan — including programs for mental health screenings, expanded school protections and a few, narrow measures regulating gun usage. He left the door open to calling lawmakers back into session to take action.

Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a school shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a wide-ranging school safety plan — including programs for mental health screenings, expanded school protections and a few, narrow measures regulating gun usage — and left the door open to calling lawmakers back into session to take action, reports the Texas Tribune. Many of the proposals Abbott laid out would require legislative approval. Some will likely be studied in a new Senate committee on school violence and security, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick charged with addressing Abbott’s ideas by the first week of August.

Perhaps the most surprising move from the National Rifle Association-backed governor was to seek consideration of a “red-flag” law similar to measures on the books in several states allowing judges to seize firearms temporarily from a person considered an imminent threat. Abbott also addressed gun storage, recommending that Texas promote but not mandate safe storage practices like locking away guns while they’re not in use. Eleven states require gun-owners to proactively store their guns under lock and key in at least some circumstances; in dozens of other states, Texas among them, gun owners can be held accountable if minors access their firearms. That’s what happened, authorities say, in the case of Santa Fe shooter suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old who used his father’s guns in his rampage. Abbott’s proposals drew expected scoffs from some Democrats. Lupe Valdez, the Democrat running against him for governor this fall, said “it is clear that under this leadership we won’t see nearly enough of the changes we need.”

from https://thecrimereport.org