Metal detectors go live at Texas Capitol

May 21, 2010 7:58:38 AM PDT
Metal detectors are up and running at all four public entrances to the Texas Capitol. The detectors and package-screening X-ray machines that will be installed soon are part of a security upgrade designed to prevent a terrorist attack.

The measures were approved last month over the objection of Gov. Rick Perry, who said they would create a logjam for visitors.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said the detectors were in use Friday.

DPS says lawmakers and staff won't have to go through the detectors if they have building access badges.

The agency says people with concealed-weapon permits or off-duty law enforcement officers with credentials will be allowed to walk around the detectors.