Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'
December 18th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'

(CNN) – Amid calls for tighter restrictions on guns following last week's deadly rampage in Connecticut, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said at a tea party event Monday that anyone with a concealed handgun license in the Lone Star State should be able to take guns on public property – including schools.

"In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," said Perry, who later added a person has the right to prohibit guns on their private property.

Provided they have the proper training and license, teachers should have "access to weapons in their school," Perry said. Individual school districts should be able to determine whether or not to allow firearms on their campuses, he said.

At least one school jurisdiction in Texas already allows teachers to carry guns – the Harrold school district, located 175 miles northwest of Dallas, began allowing its employees to carry guns in 2008, as long as they obtained the necessary license.

On Friday, the district's superintendent David Thweatt said the set-up meant his schools were doing everything they could to protect students.

"Is that 100%? No," Thweatt told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Nothing is 100%. But what we do know is that we've done all we can to protect our children."

The shooting Friday in Connecticut has sparked promises from several federal lawmakers to reintroduce tighter gun control measures, ranging from a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons to banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Perry stipulated that lawmakers have a responsibility to "do everything we can to make sure that those types of evils are restricted the best that it can be," but that citizens should be wary of reactive decisions from the federal government.

"One of the things I hope we don't see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs that they come in and think they know the answer," Perry said.

On the day of the massacre, Perry requested his state's education commissioner review emergency operation plans in schools, saying it was "essential that we ensure all Texas schools are equipped and ready to carry out a strategic plan to secure the safety of students and staff in the event of a threat such as the one that occurred today."

At the event Monday, Perry also dropped a hint about his political future, including a potential sequel to his failed bid for the 2012 presidential nomination.

The Texas governor said his 2012 run, which ended January, was an "extraordinary experience," and that despite his loss, "I would do it again."


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soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. patNY

    Yeah....let all the teachers pack some heat so that if a shooter gets in their class, all the kids could be wiped out in the cross fires much quickly than if there was one lone shooter. How about this – don't let anyone with guns in the schools, ban the assault rifles, the cop killer bullets, the high capacity magazines, etc. I live on LI and work in NYC and take the LIRR and Subway to work everyday, and maybe if people like Perry did the same, he would understand how stupid it would be to allow all those riders to pack heat – all you need is one loon thinking he's in danger and start shooting and what you end up is a subway car full of dead people clutching their guns. Sorry Perry, this is not the Wild West anymore!

    December 18, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Data Driven

    "knee-jerk reaction"

    Oh, sure. Columbine, VA Tech, Fort Hood, Oregon last week ... I can't even remember all the massacres from recent years, there have been so many. Good thing the Bush Administration and the GOP congress let that unAmerican assault weapons ban lapse last decade. The results have been illuminating.

    Go play with your Tinkertoys and try not to drool, Perry.

    December 18, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. ghostriter

    Nice. There is a reason the wild west disappeared. We decided as a society that we didn't want folks just walking aroung packing heat. Apparently, Pretty Ricky here wants to go back to the good ol' days.

    But wait.....aren't these the same teachers conservatives say are incompentent? That conservatives want to pay less? Are you going to pay them extra to act as a security force?

    December 18, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Um...

    Got a problem with gun violence? Here's the solution: more guns.

    To think this guy was in the running for president...

    December 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    GOP/Tea Party will continue to lose presidential elections because of losers like Perry, Santorum, Huckabee, Palin, Cain, and Bachmann. Perry's Neatherthal cave man mentality on guns was fine for Texas in the 1800s but not in the 21st century.

    December 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Dan5404

    Riidiculous. The GOP answer to too many guns and the violence they contribute to, is to push for more pervasive availability of weapons. We must have much more serious universal control of weapons, universal and detailed background checks on ALL gun transfers.especially assault weapons and oversize magazines, which should be banned completely. The NRA is not a friend to the public, it is a lobbyist mouthpiece for gun manufacturers and a propaganda machine brainwashing people into becoming customers.

    December 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. JM

    @patNY,

    They don't allow guns on campus at the schools, look at how well that worked out (laws are only applicable if the people decide to follow them). Quit thinking emotionally and think rationally. Perry is on the right track with having schools allowing trained staff to carry firearms. Most of the training out there teach the importance of your position versus the position of the target and any possible collateral targets.

    As a parent, I would rather have the knowledge that the teachers and administrators of my children's schools have the ability to confront the threat than just trying to hide until it's over. However, those teachers and the administrators that are allowed to carry should be required to go through quarterly qualifications and annual active shooter training with local law enforcement.

    December 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. weissman

    here is question , who pays for the following , if we actually take seriously what Ricky Boy just said.

    (1) the weapons.
    (2) Ammunition
    (3) Maintenance and storage of weapons.
    (4) Using a weapon in any stressfull situation requires specific training, given at regular intervals, just ask any law enforment professional or Soldier, who pays for that training , that being said would education professionals now be requied to be qualified at some regular interval on the weapon they are carrying much the law enforcemenmt professionals are .

    also do we know pay them more?

    I mentioned the above points to demonstarate how stupid that suggestion is

    December 18, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Fine. If they want people properly trained for this purpose, let the Federal Government administer the program. Otherwise, we would end up with 50 different standards across the country with regards to what constitutes properly trained, which has been the problem with firearms laws to begin with. We currently have the conservatives using the federal government to stop local governments from coming out with tougher standards, which flies in the face of the conservative matra of more local control, I'm sure that Perry thinks that the only qualification is that they fog a mirror when you pass it under their nose.

    December 18, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. jinx88

    What if the teacher turns on their kids and kills them? Next you will say kids should carry gun to school. Perry is a stupid idiot. Americans do have the right to protect themselves. I good place to start is banning semi-auto weapons people dont need clips that hold 90 bullets cause if you cant hit your target with in a few shots then you shouldnt own a gun, no online bullets sales, and background checks required for every purchase.

    December 18, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Ellen Yorke

    Note the brave and macho response of the NRA to this tragedy. They have turned off their Facebook link. What a profile in craven cowardice!

    December 18, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    In TX, the only qualification needed to get a gun license is to fog a mirror.

    December 18, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Larry L

    As a Texan I continue to be embarrassed by Governor "Oops!". I suggest, for the good of the United States of America, when Texas applies for secession we just let them (us) go. It will raise the average I.Q. of the Nation and remove at least a portion of the Bible-thumping, homophobic, xenophobic, fear-mongering, Fox news drones that have created the gun culture. Maybe we could convince the rest of the red states to go with Texas. I'll be moving...

    December 18, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Evergreen

    With statements like this, please don't waste the country's time running for president again.

    December 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Sorry, Governer. You're wrong. Your suggestion is as unconstitutional as it could get. I'm surprised to hear a conservative even suggest that one state should enjoy the privilige of ignoring or defining the laws witin another state. Whatever happened to states' rights?

    December 18, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Corey

    "How about this – don't let anyone with guns in the schools", really o wise one? How long did it take you to figure that out? Whats going to happen when the next wack job decides to head to a school where they know that no one is armed? They are going to have no problem forcing their way in and doing something as horrible as what happened in CT.

    December 18, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Grampa

    Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if the legacy of those innocent children and adults turned out to be that they finally provided Congress with the backbone to pass meaningful gun control legislation? What greater tribute and honor could we show them and their grieving relatives than the sure knowledge that their deaths ended up protecting others from similar tragedies across America?

    December 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. spock500

    And this joker, Mr. Perry, wants to run again for President?

    December 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Parentof3

    I have to agree with patNY, first thing i thought about are the students being caught in the cross fire between some idiot and a teacher that really doesnt want to use a firearm. It is so easy to say give everyone a gun but these days there are even teachers that are not stable enough mental, look at all of the teacher that are being jailed for sleeping with kids. a bad day can cause bad decisions so why arm anyone to make that decision. I live here in TX and have thought about getting a license and gun but after the incident I don't want to be responsible for the life of anyone, I would love to protect myself in my home but there is no need for me to ride around or go into public places with a gun. That kid had a mental problem, his mom knew it and although she was trying to protect herself being a single mom she neglected to protect herself from the person that waas in her home and also gave way to all those people being killed. There are many to blame but that isnt the problem, the problem is what is the solution to it not happening again in the mall, at a rally, at a college, at an elementary school. WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

    December 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. cedar rapids

    'Provided they have the proper training and license, teachers should have "access to weapons in their school," Perry said.'

    Crying out loud Perry, dont you see how major an admission of the failure of US society it is when you start calling for school teachers to be armed?

    December 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. J.C.

    Another brilliant move by the governor who felt praying for rain was the answer to the drought problem.

    December 18, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Aippy

    Arm everyone, kids, teachers, parents, old people. Then if someone starts shooting everyone can open fire and cause a bloodbath. That will take away the fear and power of the lone shooter and replace it with murderous revenge on everyone's part. If that happens just once, it will never happen again. Crazed shooters want power and terror on their side, but if granny and some soccor moms and kids start shooting back, end of story, its the only logical solution.

    December 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. drguajar

    Perry is a fool and he showed us that during the debates. What happens when a teacher gets forgetful and a student gets hold of the gun and shoots a fellow student. Or the teacher accidentally drops her weapon and it discharges and kills one of her pupils? Notice he didn't mention armed security at each school. Why is that? Because he knows darn well that he and his fellow state leaders are making budget cuts to education and that would be impossible. So arm the teachers he says!

    December 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Maryellen

    Is it me or does this guy look like the devil? He is a loon, I can't imagine him being the GOP frontrunner at one time, then again I guess I can!

    December 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. BlueCornMoon

    I absolutely agree !! Can you imagine a nutcase.. or maybe more... running up to a school, say, at recess? Principal, teachers, security guards, & staff all pull out guns, including assault rifles & cop killer ammo. bullets fly everywhere & kids don't know where to run & get mowed down. As for the subway thing, in Philly last week a teenage Sixers fan got in an argument with a Bulls fan & when he got off the train, he pulled out a gun & fired into the train at the Bulls fan. Two people wounded & will be OK. Now for the Perry scenario: everyone on the train's packing & passengers all start firing at the perp. Folks on the platform get hit: moms with kids,elderly,handicapped, anyone else that can't get out of the way fast enough. Bodies everywhere & traumatic wounds. There is no common sense in some of these folks'thinking. I'm a teacher & NO WAY AM I GONNA CARRY A GUN !!!!!

    December 18, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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