New security measures for Dallas City Hall approved Wednesday will seal several street-level entrances and add X-ray screening for all visitors and their belongings.
The City Council approved spending about $80,000 to purchase two X-ray machines that will be posted at just two of the current entrance doors.
Councilwoman Sandy Greyson said some citizens don't like the plan.
"They just feel, as a public building, we shouldn't make things harder for people to access some of our services," she said.
But supporters say it will help keep guns out of the building and protect citizens, employees and elected officials from the kind of violence that has happened elsewhere.
"The first responsibility I feel personally I have is for the safety of our citizens, and someone coming here to just pay taxes or a water bill should not have any fear of violence at all," Councilman Dwaine Caraway said.
The screening equipment will not installed for at least two months. Officials are still working out plans for the changes but promise to make clear markings for City Hall visitors.