State fair leaders discuss security concerns after Vegas shooting

Security leaders at the State Fair of Texas are trying to calm any possible fears after the Las Vegas shooting.

Fair officials gave a briefing Monday and talked about security measures that can and can't be seen happening in Fair Park.

Dallas police reassured fairgoers that they have the highest security measures in place, and they do prepare for tragedies like the one in Las Vegas.

Walk-through metal detectors are a new security measure at the state fair this year. They still have the wands they've always used.

Cassandra Punohu, a fair visitor, has a relative who works at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and another who is a first responder. Both are okay, but it was a long worrisome night for her family.

"We can't live in fear. We have to hope our police officers can protect the public,” she said. “They know the threat is out there. We just go on."

People are part of the plan. Speak out if something's suspicious. If there's a threat, find shelter.

"My number one goal would be to protect my children and my family. That's a given,” said fairgoer Robert Royal.

People were emotionally shaken by the Las Vegas shooting but said they refuse to live in fear.

‘Some wild mad guy, how do you predict something like that?” said fairgoer Bill Bloodworth. “It won't keep us from doing what we wanted to do."

Police say they screen everyone who goes onto the fairgrounds for any kind of weapon. They do point out that with proper certification, they do allow concealed carry.

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