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

    Really?? The Archie Bunker approach? This is why he couldn't rise to the top of even a messed up Republican slate of presidential candidates. He brings the stuupid as well as Mad Michelle B!

    December 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Deez

    Yes, let's bring guns closer to our children, because accidents never happen, right? Actually, gun accidents kill over 500 kids a year. Texas is embarrassed of Perry.

    December 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Mom

    I think we should pay teachers more instead of arming them. No offense to the millions of excemplary teachers, but occassionally one or two gets through that sleeps with a student – they have been vetted. Oh and of course the governement that is handing out these gun licenses NEVER MAKE MISTAKES. The best thing is to not let them in the school to begin with. I'd rather have our schools a military zone with armed guards at the doors that to let people that I don't know their background be in charge of arming and protecting my kids. I want their knowledge in Math & English not weapons.

    What the country & the world needs to do is not make mental illness a stigma – control bullying. I see so many tea-partiers want to push religion down our throats, but none of them say "do unto others...." And I'm pretty sure someone somewhere in a school would freak out and what an accident that would be.

    December 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    DC Observer

    If all the naysayers and critics on here have a single constructive suggestion, it woul dbe nice to here. But hearing the same liberal demonizing and insults really adds nothing to the conversation. A Dc debate on the issus of increasing public violence and rather than stifle ideas bfore they are fully aired and debated is just counter productive, notwithstanding the joy some dems get from throwing stones.
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    Nay sayers? Perhaps you need to read more of the posts. Perhaps you need to stop operating under the false assumption that an armed principal would have won a shootout with the intruder was wearing body armor.

    My tax dollars are not going to pay for the gun training of a private citizen, nor will they pay for the purchase of weapon for said citizen. My tax dollars will not pay for the higher insurance costs that will be associated with arming teachers, nor will they pay for accidental death lawsuits that will follow when a teacher or a child is killed by friendly or hostile fire.

    December 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Trey

    why aren't there mass shootings in courtrooms? because there are armed guards. If you agree that it is okay for armed police to be in Schools, then it must be okay for armed security guards, then it must be okay for trained armed civilians, then it must be ok for trained armed administrators. Pearl River High School shooting supports this, that is unless you don't believe in facts.

    December 19, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    So that means the governors mansion, the legislative chambers and the courts of Texas as well, right? I think the idea that heavily armed Texas constituents can come face to face with a tool like Perry, and express themselves, would do a world of good to bring sane people back into politics.

    December 19, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Nina

    He must be kidding!

    December 19, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. willy

    I do not think guns are the problem. The problem is guns in the hands of people who want to do evil acts. If guns are a problem then the police should not have them and the military should not have them. Continuing the question "what if the teacher goes crazy and starts shooting people?" I suppose one of the sane armed teachers would shoot him.

    December 19, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Daniel

    "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,"

    So what Rick Perry is recommending is that we all act in defiance of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.

    The Second Amendment states:

    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”

    The second amendment was not intended for individual gun ownership but for the formation of WELL REGULATED MILITIAS. If any individual citizen is owner of what is defined as ARMS, they are in violation of the Second Amendment. However, if people are too afraid of going toe to toe and getting their hands dirty, then maybe they should keep their ARMS and what we should be discussing is not gun control but ammunition control – if government is too afraid to take on gun control then control the ammo and the people can keep their guns.

    December 19, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Dennis

    So the only question i have is...can someone with a concealed license carry a loaded gun into the state capital in Texas?

    December 19, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Bonney Scott

    Bullets can travel through drywall. What happens when an armed teacher shoots at an intruder and the bullet goes into a space where s/he can't see? Innocent people get killed. What happens when a child or a teacher runs out just as the armed teacher pulls the trigger, (in an attempt to get out of the danger zone) and the bullet hits him/her? Furthermore, if all the teachers are armed, and several of them engage in simultaneous attempts to take the intruder out, they are going to be shooting from different angles, bullets are going to be flying across the whole area, and it would be amazing if innocent people on the other side were not killed. We need to SLOW DOWN here, and think this through.

    December 19, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Rosslaw

    So that means that armed individuals have access to the governors mansion, the legislative chambers and the courts of Texas as well, right? I think the idea that heavily armed Texas constituents can come face to face with a tool like Perry, and express themselves, would do a world of good to bring sane people back into politics.

    December 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Phyllis G Williams

    Our Creator said (Matthew 26: 52) "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" (Revelation 13: 10). Years ago I knew 2 people in the West Indies much younger than myself who said they go nowhere without their revolver. Other men took their revolver and killed them soon after.

    December 19, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Bart Brown

    "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."

    If that's so, then "anyone with a concealed handgun license in the Lone Star State should be able to take guns" into the State House, the Governor's Mansion, and every Texas courthouse and prison - ALL "public property" - but I'll bet you real money they can't, and if they tried, they'd be arrested, if not shot out of hand.

    Love the Insane Teabagger Rick Perry photo, though. That left eye is the eye of madness.

    December 19, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. dibs

    As a woman who supports the right to defend her family, I am truly sorry that the adults in that school where the massacre took place lacked the means of defending themselves. I believe that lives would have been saved instead of lost on that day. Asm-ith – perhaps you should take yourself off to your local gun shooting range where people take the time out to practice with their weapons. You may be completely amazed at the degree of sensibility. You anti-gunners judge those who legally and sensibly own firearms in the same manner you judge the odd sick murderer.....i.e. lacking discretion. Why do you always want "someone else" to protect or take care of you????? Bunch of babies??? The Israelis carry weapons...dont have these kind of problems we have here in American society. Time to grow up, dont you think?! We need to be teaching our children strengthening them morally, teaching them about God, and they will behave responsibly, ...not allowing them to sit around playing violent video games half their lives, hanging around malls, no purpose but materialism. Society needs to catch a wake-up. Also, dont ask where God is when you are busy kicking him out of the schools! Yes, it is difficult to face the truth on this one, now that we have lost 26 people?!!

    December 19, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Leonard

    Taking away guns would not have saved my cousin who was stabbed to death on Labor Day.

    December 19, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @DC Observer

    You want children to pray ... send them to church.

    December 19, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. ksuohioteach

    OMG! Common sense tells me that the "Gun Toters" aren't thinking, just reacting! That's why we DON'T need guns in our schools or public places. After attending, teaching, and supervising over 45 years in inner city schools in OHIO, I can't imagine the horror of students or staff walking around with guns in my schools! Never saw a gun brought into the school, nor felt threatened by a student or adult. It is time to examine the rampant and bloody television, cable, movies, and video games we permit our children to identify with as they spend out of school time shooting up "bad guys, armies, and enemies" in a make believe setting! Of course, we parents and teachers need to be cognizant of the child that just "doesn't fit" or "the loner" and spend time to get to know him or her. All schools must insure that special needs children be identified and be provided the help or environment that best meets his or her needs. This often means helping the parent or guardian as well as the child! Join President Obama and our law makers in working toward the restrictions necessary to Make America SAFER! God Bless America and watch over our babies!

    December 19, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. RGMAINT

    I wonder how many would have survived if only one teacher that knew how to use a gun had one.

    December 19, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. What?

    Teachers with guns! God please help all of us!

    December 19, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. abmri60

    Teachers should not have guns.
    Schools should be safe.
    Put up security guards, camera's outside and inside schools.

    December 19, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Jon

    Perry, once again, proves to be one of the biggest clowns in politics. We don't want guns in our schools! And we don't want paranoid schizos, who feel that they need to carry their guns with them everywhere they go just to be safe, to be able to walk into a school with a loaded weapon!

    In England, where the population does not own any guns, guess how many children have died in school shootings?

    ZERO!

    We don't need MORE guns in public; we need less! People should be allowed to own a handgun at home to protect their property. But if you leave the house with it, you should be arrested.

    December 19, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Chantel

    I'm proud to be a Texan, but this suggestion is ill-conceived and so embarrassing. I'm mortified that Rick Perry speaks on our behalf and perpetuates that uncouth, gun-toting, tobacco-chewing image. I'm from Texas, and I support gun control!!

    December 19, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Orlando

    Yeah Gov Perry, what if a teacher snap? answer the questions most people want to know and don't beat around the BUSH like most people who realy don't give a damn. Do you have any kids going to school? would you like a teacher to pull out his or her gun on your kids? you are a freaking idiot, that is why you fail as a presidential candidate, you were wrong then and you are wrong now.

    December 19, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. GunNTX

    Well if we don't have licensed owners with guns in government areas then ONLY the criminals will be able to have them ILLEGALLY. We can then hide at home, until of course they invade your home and then you should run elsewhere to be safe...

    December 19, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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