AUSTIN, Texas -

The Texas House has approved a plan to train some teachers for classroom gun fights.

With a simple voice vote and no debate Monday night, lawmakers approved a proposal by Houston Republican Sen. Dan Patrick that would apply to public schools that don't already employ armed guards.

It finances 16 hours of instruction on how to respond to an armed attack.

Two employees on each campus could take classes instructing teachers already certified to carry concealed weapons to first conceal children, then return fire.

The bill passed the Senate last month. It still must clear a final, procedural House vote before heading to Gov. Rick Perry's desk.

Teachers are already permitted to carry guns in class with permission of their local school boards -- though few districts have allowed that.