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Employees of South Texas city OK to have guns

ARANSAS PASS, Texas (AP) - Employees of a South Texas city who have concealed handgun permits will be allowed to take their weapons to work starting Aug. 1.

The Aransas (uh-RAN'-zuhs) Pass City Council on Monday night amended a ban on weapons for city workers to allow for increased personal protection. Employees in the city of 8,200 would also have to apply to the city for permission to have a gun at work.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/12dlTeD ) reports workers raised concerns after a March police active shooter drill. Chief Eric Blanchard says officers determined city employees at the front desk would have little chance to escape.

Outfitting Aransas Pass City Hall with metal detectors and other security equipment would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aransas Pass is 20 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

 

Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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