Express Written Consent - SAMPLE
James Robert Greene
Manchaca, TX 78652
To: Dr. XXXXX, Superintendent, XXX ISD
My name is James Robert Greene and I am a Texas DPS and NRA certified CHL Instructor and a Texas Concealed Handgun License Holder. I have also served for 10 years prior law enforcement with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Breckenridge Police Department and the Austin ISD Police Department. I have over 18 years experience in handling and carrying firearms and have carried in a professional capacity on many school campuses for several years in the past, including Austin ISD schools and the University of Texas in Austin.
I currently reside in South Travis County and my children attend XX ISD Schools. Specifically, X Elementary School. I am on the campus quite often, both while dropping my child off at school and for various events and support groups. I have been involved with the PTA at the school as well as being involved in working events such as fund raisers.
Mine and my child’s personal safety both on and off campus is very important to me. Due to the fact that I am not able to carry on the campus premises without express written consent, I am effectively disarmed while working at the school during events and while dropping off and picking up my child, should I choose to enter with them into the building. While I do realize that school violence is relatively low, it does not eliminate the risk completely as incidents do occur daily in public schools. I shudder to think that should an incident arise that warranted a more effective response for self defense, other than possibly becoming trapped and remaining a helpless victim, that the ability to provide a more effective self defense response could save, not only my life, but the lives of my child, other children, and faculty and staff.
Since X Elementary does not have an assigned School Resource Officer and I have served and have formal and specific experience in that capacity, pursuant to Section 46.03, Subsection (1) of the Texas Penal Code, I am again, respectfully requesting express written consent to carry a concealed handgun on the campus premises.
To address the objection in a past request that granting me consent would “open a pandora’s box,” for the district, I offer this solution; Since express written consent is granted on a case-by-case basis, there is no reason to believe that this would create any additional rush for other CHL holders to make such a request, nor would it obligate the XISD to grant every request submitted. Additionally, this is not anything that would be advertised nor would any others, besides myself and your administration, be aware of. It would also remove any vicarious liability from XISD for NOT providing adequate protection for such an incident where there quite possibly could have been a better outcome than a casualty.
Below is the relevant penal code related to this request.
James Robert Greene
Sec. 46.03. PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):
(1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;