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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 35PRIVATE SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §35.7Firearm Standards

(a) Commissioned security officers and personal protection officers may only carry a firearm of the category with which they have been formally trained as required under the Act and this chapter, and for which documentation of the training is on file with the department.

(b) The recognized firearm categories are:

  (1) SA--Any handgun, whether semi-automatic or not;

  (2) NSA--Handguns that are not semi-automatic; and

  (3) STG--Shotgun.

(c) Commissioned security officers and personal protection officers must exercise care and sound judgment in the use and storage of their firearms.

(d) No security officer may carry an inoperative, unsafe, replica, or simulated firearm in the course and scope of employment or while in uniform.

(e) No commissioned security officer or personal protection officer may brandish, point, exhibit, or otherwise display a firearm at anytime, except as authorized by law.

(f) The discharge of a firearm by a security officer while on duty or otherwise acting or purporting to act under the authority of a security officer commission shall be immediately reported to the officer's employer. The employer must notify the department of the discharge of a firearm in writing within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident. The notification to the department must include:

  (1) The name of the person discharging the firearm;

  (2) The name of the employer;

  (3) The location of the incident;

  (4) A brief description of the incident;

  (5) A statement reflecting whether death, personal injury, or property damage resulted; and

  (6) The name of the investigating or arresting law enforcement agency, if applicable.


Source Note: The provisions of this §35.7 adopted to be effective May 6, 2014, 39 TexReg 3606

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