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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soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. Archer

    I can tell you name calling and demeaning others who do not agree is not the answer. Alot of us live in different parts of the country where the culture is different. Ruger and Smith and Wesson's stock are up 3-7 times since Obama got elected in 2008 and more gun buying is happening every day. You start telling people what they cannot do and naturally there is a hardening of their position and more gun buying will occur. I have had at least four people ask me in the last year about a gun for security that would have never done so a few years ago.

    December 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. TptLead

    Rick Perry should be required to carry his own "protection." Then we can save lost of money on unnecessary security and police overtime. "Here Irck, you are on your own!"

    December 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. CM46

    Having teachers carry guns is one of the most ridiculous and dangerous suggestions that I have ever heard. Will we then have small children shooting one another as they gain access to guns by "accident"? Probably!
    I would never ever send my child to any K-12 school where firearms were sanctioned – it would make the environment too unsafe for my child.

    December 18, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    The countries that have strict gun control have a higher per capita deaths by guns than the USA. So it does not work. Is a great idea for to extend where guns can be taken.
    Not true. Cite the countries, please. This is not right wing media where you can just make stuff up and not be challenged to back up your claims.

    Most of what they say is simply wrong, anyway.
    Case in point, "Romney will win by a landslide."

    December 18, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. billp Canada

    Is this what American society has come to.
    just reading the comments from the pro gun people os frigntning.
    I was just speaking to a friend of mine here in Canada, how carrying a gun or knowing someone who does is unimaginable......get with the times, you have created your own problems. Get tougher with the gun laws for Christ's sake.
    How many more of thes situations need to happen before people wake up.....unbelievable.....

    December 18, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Let the libs have their "gun free" schools and the right can have their protected schools. We'll keep track of how many teachers go postal vs how many crazies attack the liberal charade zone."

    This really isn't a tally game you know. It's real life. Is it so hard to ask that my fellow Americans who want to own guns do whatever is necessary to keep their guns out of the hands of those who are for whatever reason too emotionally unbalanced to be given such a life or death responsibility.

    For those of you who are still suggesting guns don't kill people, I beg to differ. Guns do kill people. Everyday. Perhaps NOT in your hands they don't ... but in the hands of others guns do kill. Would it be too much to ask that all of you proud gun owners do whatever you can to insure YOUR guns aren't transfered to another less responsible ... hand ... using whatever tool is necessary to KEEP YOUR GUNS (and all of us) SAFE. If you can't or won't, you have no right to own a gun yourself. Especially while in a public domain.

    December 18, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Aruna

    Why can't they think about other defense weapons like tasers? Why guns ?

    December 18, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. mike mathwig

    wish i could vote but i'm out of ammo

    December 18, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Danish

    What if one the teacher loose their mind. Containing or giving teachers guns is not the solution. We need to figure out why it's keep happening and why people so frustrated to do these of things.

    December 18, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. dreucalypt

    I am so glad Perry will never be our president.

    December 18, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. JCAbs

    The second ammendment needs to be revised or torn out all together. If it was intended for us to protect ourselves from tyrannical governments, that does not apply now. If you argue otherwise then you're just being paranoid about the current government infringing on your personal rights. The US government is still a democracy, it always has and always will be. If you think the current government is tyrannical then you haven't lived or traveled much, or in fact read about world tyrants and dictatorships, you are just uneducated.

    December 18, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    well lets think of it this way if there were armed teachers in Connecticut would the gun man be around long enough to kill so many people?

    December 18, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    Fisher Price My First Uzi, just in time for X-mas in Texas.

    Revised school scedules:
    1st Period – Home Room
    2nd Period – Sparring
    3rdPeriod – Hand-hand combat
    4th Period – target pratice
    5th Period – Lunch
    Recess/field training/obstacle course
    6th Period – explosives
    7th Period – Counter-terrorism
    8th Period – Study Hall

    Can you imagine what school supplies will cost?

    December 18, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Larry Mandrell

    W. we will not miss you, if the teachers were allowed to have protection this nut case would have went to some other place to get his 15 minutes of infamy, look at all of them, they attack the weak and undefended. but make no mistake he would have hurt someone who he perceved to be undefended.

    December 18, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Kevin

    How many mass murders are carried out in Iraq, excluding those which fall under the heading of clan/civil war or general terrorism? Seriously, how many nutjobs in Iraq walk into a school or mall and open fire, in a country where everyt houseold as the RIGHT to possess a full-auto AK47?

    December 18, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    During the presidential campaign, Paul Ryan took his young daughter to a gun store in Wisconsin and purchased what he said proudly was her first gun. Then for political reasons, he poked at President Obama by saying "I'm proud to be clinging to guns and religion." Well, I have a daunting question I would like to pose to Mr. Ryan and all those gun lovers out there who have bought guns for their does it feel to be sleeping with one eye open nowadays??? Good luck!

    December 18, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Lisa P.

    If teachers are going to become police, will Gov. Scott Walker let them have their right to collectively bargain back? If not, all I can say is that the next protest at the WI State Capitol Building is going to be a doozy!

    December 18, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. MesaMom

    Wow, more brilliant thoughts from Perry. More guns = more people/children shot (accidental or purposeful). Most people can't hit the side of house when their relaxed. Give them a moving target in a stressful situation and they'll just cause more casualties. I do hope he runs again for comedic fodder.

    December 18, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Perry: With my plan to arm all Texans, we will be able to do away with the court system and law enforcement.

    Perry 2016.........he's in step with America.

    December 18, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. chupacabra

    disarming innocent people doesn't help protect innocent people, the mass's of people shouldn't have to suffer for the paranoia of the few, if you don't like it here in the USA you can move to Mexico where they have gun controle, lets say nueva laredo maybe and that way you can still come back over here to shop and get medical aid.

    December 18, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. JM

    If you don't trust a teacher with a gun, why would you trust your child's education to them?

    My opinion is it should be up to the individual school districts. If the schools in NY don't want teachers armed, they don't have to be. But for someone outside of NY to demand they follow a certain protocol is ridiculous. People need to think rationally and not emotionally. If the individual school district allows teachers to be armed, so be it. It then becomes an issue for that school district to make sure that only the appropriate people are carrying and that they have been properly trained. If a school district has the money to hire security personnel instead of arming teachers, let them do it.

    December 18, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. peterz

    When the base was penetrated, the defense line was broken. So arming the teachers was not a right solution. If moving the defense line to gun control or to improving health care service for mentally illed ones it was just against their demand for reducing budget . So it looked like some politicians as public servants decided to blow the dust on their tables to other side for them to make more space to show up more toys which they were interested in and suddenly saw themselves gaining more donation from gun industries for their campaign... from the lives of the gunned-down kids.

    December 18, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This is the stupidiest thing I have ever heard. My sister, who's a teacher, cannot have a screwdriver in the classroom (yes, teachers sometimes need them) for fear that a student would find it and hurt themselves or someone else with it. Can you imagine a child accidently finding a teacher's gun? More children would be harmed than any mass murderer could.

    December 18, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Tim

    I wonder if he would be willing to let people carry concealed guns into a court room, the capitol building, political rallies, airplanes?

    December 18, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    It is ridiculous that people think arming them selves will work. first of all there are trained police who say its difficult to shoot someone and when they do they need counseling especially if the person is killed and before you criticize I dated one and know several. Now the scenario in your mind is a whole lot different in a real situation so if you think it'd easy then you shouldnt even think of owning one.

    December 18, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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