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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is open to the possibility of placing armed guards in city public schools, the Washington Examiner reports.

The National Rifle Association has pushed for beefed-up school security in the wake of last month's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The district has sworn police officers who are armed in dozens of high schools and middle schools. Gray tells the Examiner he might support a plan to install armed officers in every school. He wouldn't support allowing teachers to carry guns, however.

The district has some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation, and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson has come out against the idea.

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