AUSTIN - Two new bills in the Texas legislature have people fired up on both sides of the aisle, even though you could say they have the same the goals.
State Senator John Whitmire, who represents much of north Houston, has introduced a bill designed to reduce violent run-ins with cops. The bill would create a class teaching students how to behave if they get stopped by police. It would also teach students their rights regarding questioning and detention as well as how to file a complaint against an officer. All Texas high school freshman would be require to take the course.
Senator Whitmire says, "as we continue to increase training and standards for law enforcement...we must also provide our young people with the knowledge how best to respond..." If the bill goes through, the course would begin in fall 2018.
On the flip side of things, State Representative Jonathan Stickland has his own idea for keeping Texans safe. The Dallas area Rep has filed what he calls the Constitutional Carry Act, a bill that would allow gun owners to open carry or concealed carry without a license.
On his website, Stickland writes, "The second amendment alone should stand as one's 'permit,' to ensure their safety and right to self-defense." The way the law stands now, first-time applicants for a license to carry a firearm must take a training class and pass a written exam.
But with two new bills on the table it could mean one more class for high-schoolers and one less for gun-shooters.