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In June 2013, Governor Rick Perry signed into law the Protection of Texas Children Act, which authorized K–12 schools to designate employees who could carry weapons — and use them, if the school came under attack. Seven months later, the Argyle Independent School District, in a suburb of Fort Worth, allowed teachers and staff to carry concealed weapons. Telena Wright, the superintendent in Argyle, says that the policy is intended as a deterrent. Anyone thinking of coming to school with a gun now knows that “they will be in a situation where others are armed.” Several school districts in the state have passed similar measures. Last year, Texas began permitting people to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses, and expanded the policy to community colleges this August.

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October 2017

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