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Houston Commission Against Gun Violence releases recommendations

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HOUSTON – The Commission Against Gun Violence announced recommendations Thursday morning to improve school safety and protect the community, according to the mayor's office.

Mayor Sylvester Turner created the commission in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting and other school shootings last year.

The commission, headed by Chair Haley Carter, consists of 37 people who "represent a cross-section of the Houston community."

The mayor said he asked the commission to develop recommendations to improve gun safety in schools and communities through proposed legislation at local, state and federal levels.

The commission's recommendations are as follows:

LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Active Shooter Building Codes
  • Institute Background Checks at Gun Shows
  • Ban on 3D Printed Firearms
  • Establish a Red Flag Law/Protective Order Working Committee

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

  • Required Establishment of THreat Assessment Teams and Mental Health Counselors
  • Allocate Funding to Facilitate Required Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Trauma-Informed Trainings By Educators
  • Expand Funding for Mental Health First Aid Training for Law Enforcement
  • Expand Funding Dedicated to Harris County Psychiatric Center
  • Authorize Funding to Evaluate Transmission of Mental Health Records from Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to National Instant Criminal Background Safety Check System (NICS)

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS:

  • Implementation of Standard Response Protocol Measures
  • Mandate for Active Shooter Training Drills for School Districts

Click here to read more about the commission.