HOUSTON – In England, most police still don’t carry guns, even doing dangerous stuff like going on raids unarmed.

Nobody ever confused Texas with England, but we do have this in common: believe it or not, Texas law contemplates unarmed police.

Specifically, the Texas state agency charged with licensing and regulating doctors “may commission investigators as peace officers,” according to state law, but they “may not carry a firearm or exercise the powers of arrest.”

The Texas Medical Board isn’t thrilled with that prohibition, and recently asked Attorney General Greg Abbott whether its investigators might be allowed to carry concealed weapons.