AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren’t violating state law.

The Texas Legislature last year approved a measure allowing rural districts that can’t afford police security to arm designated employees to better protect students.

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In an opinion Friday, Abbott found that doing so doesn’t violate firearm bans at school sporting events or during school board meetings.

A Republican now running for governor, Abbott said state law allows schools to grant exceptions to gun bans.

His decision followed El Paso Rep. Joe Pickett’s request for clarification.

Pickett, a Democrat, noted that previous law banned weapons from school premises and school-sponsored events.

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Pickett also said the state’s concealed handgun law didn’t allow license-holders to bring guns to high school sporting events and board meetings.

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