Texas (KFXV) — Lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow first responders to carry handguns.
The bill filed would allow first responders to carry a handgun while on duty, if they have a permit to do so. Often time, emergency medical crews are the first one to arrive on scene.
Jorge Ruiz, with Hidalgo County EMS, says there are risks involved, but doesn’t think there is a need for such a law — adding that part of their training includes learning to cope with violence, or threatening, situations. Dispatchers collect all the information during the call.
If the law passes, Ruiz says it would be important to consider proper firearm use training, as they often find themselves in unpredictable situations.
The goal isn’t to add responsibilities, but rather, allowing emergency workers to protect themselves in dangerous situations.