I just returned from a week at NRA for committee meetings and the regular Board meeting. These trips are always a lot of work, the days are long and tiring, but they are also inspiring. I got home late Saturday night with a renewed commitment to focus on the big picture, that is the 2016 national elections and beyond. We have been fighting skirmishes during the 2015 Texas Legislative Session with open-carry being the skirmish having received the greatest attention in the public eye and so-called “campus-carry” following a very close second.
Harmful tactics, inexperienced activists and conflicting personal interests
The 2015 Texas Legislative Session saw the NRA and TSRA pass an open-carry bill (HB910) on the first attempt made by these organizations. (Click here for an article setting out the history of open-carry, prior to the NRA/TSRA success in passing HB910.) HB910 allows Texans holding a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) (formerly a Texas Concealed Handgun License) to carry their self-defense handguns in a belt or shoulder holster, with some exceptions not relevant to this article.
Do not let dangerous training get innocent people killed and officers sued.
One of the best known training programs for responding to an “active shooter” was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Center (ALERRT) at Texas State University. Undoubtedly, this program is needed and it is credited as playing a part in changing the mindset as to whether first-responding officers should enter a school building or wait for backup. The University and Dr. Pete Blair are to be credited for developing this program for Texas law enforcement officers. That said, there is reason to be concerned, very concerned.