The Aransas Pass (Texas) Police Department and city manager have begun crafting a policy allowing city employees to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves from an active shooter.
Earlier this month, the City Council approved the initiative that would go into effect by August, reports the Aransas Pass Progress.
To carry a concealed weapon, employees would be required to obtain a license, pay for a psychological exam, and participate in firearms training at the police department.
"People need to understand the average response time for police is five minutes," Police Chief Eric Blanchard told the Progress. "That means people have to fend for themselves until police arrive on the scene."