In recent years, gun rights has been a major point of contention in American politics and society. From advancements in background checks to expansion in gun rights in certain states, the Second Amendment has never been more relevant than it is today. However, some states are pushing the limits more than others.
Texas lawmakers are pushing for all first responders to carry handguns. If this initiative were to come to fruition, all EMTs and firefighters would carry handguns when responding to 911 calls.
Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn introduced House Bill 56 — which would allow for emergency personnel to carry handguns and additionally protect them from lawsuits for using their firearm while on duty.
At this point the state of Texas has no policies on emergency personnel utilizing firearms, so the practice for emergency personnel carrying guns is set at the local level. State lawmakers hope to streamline the practice but setting the policy at the state level.
“You need to be able to exercise your Second Amendment right,” Rep. Flynn said, referring to first responders who need to be able to “protect themselves because they do go into harm’s way often.”
According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, 4 out of 5 EMTs have claimed they have been injured on the job, with 52 percent saying the injury was due to assault.
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