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July 4, 2018
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GUILLEN SUPPORTS INCREASED SCHOOL SAFETY WITH VETERANS
Committees Will Look At Other States' Prioritization Of Veterans For School Security
Austin - Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) urges the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee to thoughtfully consider increasing opportunities for military veteran to become security officers for schools in order to protect our kids.
"Veterans are one the most qualified groups of individuals to defend our schools," said Guillen. "They have prior training on how to appropriately handle firearms as well as the best training in the world when it comes to armed conflict."
Guillen understands that we must act decisively to protect our children when they go to school. In recent years, Guillen and the legislature passed legislation creating positions in schools for police officers as well as legislation which created "school marshals," which are armed staff members. Other states have implemented legislation to allow veterans to serve in a security role at schools.
Representative Guillen is honored to serve the men and women veterans of Texas and will continue his service in the next legislative session. In 2005, Guillen was an author of a bill which waived the range instruction for current and former veterans pursuing a concealed handgun license. In 2015, he was a sponsor of a bill that helped veterans gain employment at state agencies by improving their access to job interviews and allowing agencies to directly hire disabled veterans.
"We should be thinking about common sense and effective solutions that put the right person in the right place at the right time," added Guillen.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen.