On September 1, 2021 HB No. 1069 became effective. HB No. 1069, will allow first responders in Texas who meet certain criteria to carry a handgun while on duty and in places normally prohibited by license to carry holders. This law was introduced and passed because of the growing violence against first responders, especially in rural areas where there is an increased response time by law enforcement. H.B. 1069 allows first responders in counties and municipalities with smaller populations to defend themselves. Certain first responders that have a Texas License to Carry, obtain personal liability insurance and specific training by certified instructors can carry while on duty. First Responders may not carry on duty if in a municipality that has adopted an ordinance, order, or other measure that generally prohibits a first responder from carrying on duty unless the first responder works for a municipality with a population of 30,000 or less and a county with population of 250,000 or less as defined by Section 179.002 occupation code.
In September of this year (2022) Train Protect Defend Owner and primary instructor attended the newly developed instructor training. He was one of the approximately 72 instructors in the State of Texas to be certified to teach the first responder carry course. This course is 28 hours over three days. This very informative class includes but is not limited to Instinctive or reactive shooting, tactical shooting, shooting while moving, and shooting in low light conditions.
Volunteers or other responders that do not meet the previously mentioned definitions of a first responder as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code and Section 419.021, Government Code, will not receive a certificate but will benefit greatly from taking this course.
Our first class for this new course will be in January. Please click here to register. If you want to learn more about this course and see if it’s right for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.