MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas — Texas firefighters and EMTs may soon be permitted to carry firearms while on duty.
State legislators recently introduced a bill that would allow firefighters and EMTs to carry firearms while responding to calls, reported the WacoTrib.com. There is some opposition to the bill. Some first responders are clearly opposed to the legislation.
“I would be in favor of leaving guns in the hands of police officers,” Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum said.
“We (Firefighters) have a specific mission to save lives and property, and I think carrying a firearm would cross the line in that regard.”
The Waco Fire Department currently prohibits personnel from carrying firearms, but the bill would require local jurisdictions to allow it. Opinions vary on whether such a bill is needed and how helpful such a bill would be.
Some responders worry the bill could cause more problems than it solves.
Other responders were in favor of the bill, particularly for volunteer departments who may arrive at a scene before police.
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