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AUSTIN -- Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman announced Jan. 15 that he is working to make available concealed handgun license courses for all interested Railroad Commission employees.

In 2011, Smitherman led an effort to change Railroad Commission policy to allow Commission employees to legally carry a concealed handgun on Commission property. That policy follows the guidelines of Sen. Glenn Hegar’s Senate Bill 321.

“Today’s actions will allow Commission employees, who desire to do so, to receive the proper training to be licensed to carry a concealed handgun under the laws of Texas,” Smitherman said. He also said he is working with the National Rifle Association to implement courses that would be made available to Railroad Commission employees.

“Employees have expressed an interest in this training, and I want to make sure our employees have access to this type of training which is allowed under the law,” Smitherman said. “We hope other state agencies also will use this course as a model for their employees. Also, in light of recent shooting tragedies around the country, I want to ensure that our employees have an opportunity to learn how to protect themselves if faced with similar situations.”
 

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