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Allowing weapons on trains?

Allowing weapons on trains?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:37pm

 A member of the Railroad Commission of Texas has proposed allowing employees to pack a weapon while carrying out agency business.

Commissioner Barry Smitherman said Tuesday the potential policy change would allow workers who can legally carry a concealed handgun to have their guns on the job. He says commission employees often work alone in desolate areas of the state where they could encounter criminals or dangerous wild animals.

The commission's primary purpose is to approve and oversee the permitting of oil and gas wells. It has no oversight of railroads. Texas has one of the more liberal concealed handgun laws in the
country. Residents who carry a license are also allowed to bring weapons into the state Capitol. License carriers can bypass metal detectors at the entrance.

Information from Associated Press

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