Gov. Abbott Announces School Safety Plan, Proposed Changes to Gun Laws After Santa Fe Shooting

Gov. Abbott Announces School Safety Plan, Proposed Changes to Gun Laws After Santa Fe Shooting

Gov. Greg Abbott announces new school safety measures in response to the Santa Fe High School shooting, at the Dallas Independent School District Headquarters on May 31, 2018. “If there is consensus on some laws that could be passed, I am open to calling [a special session],” Abbott said. A special session would be a dramatic move during an election year in which he, all top state officials, and a majority of lawmakers are seeking new terms. It’s even more rare given how emotionally charged – and politically divisive – issues of school safety and gun control are. Some lawmakers have demanded that Abbott, who has the sole authority to call and set agendas for special sessions, take such action. Most Texans responding to a poll taken before the Santa Fe shooting said they support stricter gun control laws. Related: More Than Half of Texans Polled Want Stricter Gun Laws. And That Was Before the Santa Fe School Shooting. Much of the plan (read the full proposal here) Abbott laid out Wednesday would require approval from the Texas Legislature, which will not reconvene until January 2019 unless Abbott intervenes. Abbott’s announcement, made at the Dallas Independent School District headquarters Wednesday, came one day after Santa Fe students returned to class for the first time following the deadly shootings. Thirteen people were also injured in the attack. At the heart of the governor’s proposal is an expansion of the existing School Marshal Program, one of two existing systems for arming […]

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