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Guns now permitted in Texas centers for disabled residents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ 13 state-run homes for disabled residents have begun letting people with concealed handgun permits carry weapons into the facilities.

The Dallas Morning News reports that officials ended longstanding gun bans at the state-supported living centers in January, asking visitors with gun licenses to voluntarily stow their guns, or to at least conceal them.

Officials say new firearms legislation prompted them to review the weapons policies. But those laws didn’t change where Texas residents can carry.

The change appears to put the gun rules in compliance with what’s been the law for years because the centers aren’t listed as a place where guns can be barred.

A Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman says there weren’t any requests to allow firearms on the campuses in the past.

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