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

    Why does someone who wants his state to secede from the United States want to be the nation's president? He couldn't take the pressure of campaigning - I can only imagine how he would melt down if he was president.

    December 18, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Andrew

    What!? So the solution is to allow anyone to have a concealed weapon.. A sane gun owner could become an insane , mentally screwed person and kill. The actual solution and fault is on us , the people. Look at how we discriminate against anyone different. Kids bully other kids, adults act like children more than parents.. Society has created these people through our own dilusional morality.

    December 18, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. HarryF

    I don't generally support guns in the hands of principals or teachers unless they have been well-trained (weapons and duress testing/exam). however, I think think the better solution is to place armed security guards in all schools in the nation, just like hundreds of corporations and small businesses do. It's unfortuante, but this is 21st century America and, well, just look around you...

    Get the funding from wasteful spending, bloated union benefits and......the billions in aid headed to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt!

    December 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. American Since 1635

    The past couple of months Gov. Perry has totally redeemed himself from his screw ups on the campaign trail earlier this year and I am proud again to call him our Governor. Way to go Rick!

    December 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. JM

    @ Alix

    My child's education is going to be just as valuable to them and me as their lives. If I couldn't trust you with a gun, then I have no right to expect that you would do a decent job educating them.

    I have never said to arm each and every teacher. There are teachers that should not carry guns (because they can't aim, don't feel comfortable around them, don't want to, etc.), however, there are teachers that would be perfectly capable of protecting my kids as well as the kids at that school (ever have ex-military for teachers/co-workers, people who regularly are around guns, people who regularly practice shooting, etc.)?

    My condition is if the school districts allow teachers to carry, those teachers need to qualify on a quarterly basis and train annually with local law enforcement in active shooter situations. In a good scenario, it would take officers 5-10 minutes to arrive on scene (making the 911 call, dispatcher entering it into the dispatch computer, dispatching an officer, and the officer's response time to the location). An armed security team at that school could have the situation under control during the first 5 mins with the proper training, etc. Less time spent waiting on an armed response means the situation ends quicker, reducing the chance for further injuries.

    December 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. CT parent

    The last two decades have seen multiple tragedies and yet this country has done little to change our violent ways. That we as a society are willing to sacrifice the lives of the innocents to protect someone's "right" to own a semi-automatic weapon capable of expending hundreds of rounds of ammunition in just minutes tells me that we have lost our way. Arming our teachers? Really Gov. Perry? That's not a solution, that's just another of the knee jerk reactions you're complaining about. Shame on you, shame on Washington and shame on us as a nation if we don't finally have some meaningful dialogue that will finally bring about the change we so desperately need.

    December 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Smoke and Mirrors

    We will never stop school shootings. We can reduce them by taxing all gun, ammo, and support equipment sales and using the funds to pay for more law enforcement or armed security in schools.

    December 18, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Nameconcerned

    Rick perry's a joke, this is not the wild west, more guns=more violence.We are not moving forward, The right to carry a firearm anywhere,cmon man?

    December 18, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. CH

    JM, I'm sorry you got it wrong. Put it this way: assuming that teachers at Sandy Hook elem were armed when the killer came in shooting. How many more kids do you think would be killed if all armed teachers were to return fire in order to gun down the shooter with good intention of selfdefense. Note that most of these teachers will be acting out of panic and think about how these kids would be reacting in the war like scene that such an event would create.
    In my workplace, we had training about how to react in an active shooting event but even so, it can equally be very bad. Now understand that elementary students (5 to to 9 or so of age) have no idea about what to do in an event like this and imagime the end. how is it that owning and caring gun that is designed for war scene is so important to you?

    December 18, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "... you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," said Perry,....
    Yet, the State of Texas will take away your guns when you go into a courthouse or visit Perry's office. "Oops!"

    Well, it sounded good when he first thunk it. I'm pretty good his idea was well received by right wing media. Meanwhile, in the real world it is exposed for the Dumb-ocracy that is is.

    December 18, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. rs

    Perry's comments simply demonstrate why the GOP is completely unsuitable to lead our nation. They have become a party of radicalized lunatics with no sense at all!

    December 18, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. RRJ25

    I'm in favor of having someone in the school with a gun, just like some airline pilots are armed. If it is a cop or a guard or teachers, as long as they aren't defenseless. Sandy Hook was a "No Gun Zone" but that didn't work, the bad guy brought one anyway.

    I am all for outlawing assault guns and big clips. But that usually only outlaws new ones and leaves all the millions of existing ones out there.

    So unless someone comes up with a plan to buy back all the existing assault guns, and I don't think that will ever happen, then good guys with guns in the school is a better choice then a sign that says "No Gun Zone".

    December 18, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Governor Oops thinks we are in Damascus. He is such an embarrassment. Not all of us here in Texas think like him, thankfully, but he's in office because too many have drunk the GOP kool aid. And the flavor is fear.

    December 18, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Texan9922

    "I can't aim worth a darn (used to shoot at a range). I wouldn't have ever trusted myself to carry a gun, but I was a damn good teacher. But I guess for you, teaching French and shooting a gun are exactly the same, right?"

    I agree.... French teachers should not be allowed to carry guns .....

    December 18, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. larinna

    ...and now....since the 'mainstream media' has gone on record and let the bad guys know that teachers are able to bring thier legally owned concealed carry weapon in to school, to help protect our babies....the bad guys will NOT target Texas schools, for the same reason they don't target Police Stations, Gun ranges or Gun stores. There will be people ready and able to STOP them, before they can finish what they planned to do. Kudos Perry. If Ron Paul doesnt run again....I'm voting for you in 2016!!

    December 18, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. sandra knight

    So everyone who has a concealed handgun license carry one to visit this Gov. and see how far you get. Make sure you bring bail money. I'll bet it does not extend to him and his people.

    December 18, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. scarf

    if only Abe had been packing that night at Ford's theater........

    December 18, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. irunner

    Ricky just killed his chances of ever becoming POTUS.

    December 18, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. RR

    Being from Texas I can honestly say that Perry does not speak for me. Perry speaks for the NRA...period.

    December 18, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Schmoogalicious

    Sure, let's let Texas fill their schools with guns. And then let them secede from the Union. No doubt about 98% of Americans would vote to let them, no questions asked, no strings attached.

    December 18, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. kbwizard

    If the teacher is 1 Trained. and 2 Willing I have no problem with it.

    December 18, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. kbwizard

    If the Teacher is Trained and willing. I say Yes!!

    December 18, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Rick in AZ

    Rick Perry is insane. Two Oklahoma sworn Police Officers were killed the day after the tragedy in Connecticut. They were trained in Combat Pistolry and yet were killed by a gunman. The gun nuts have their John Wayne fantasy. No class room teach is going to "save the day" by blowing away a gunman. Anytime you mix children and guns you will have a disaster. These gun nuts live in fear. They are afraid of the boogey-man who is going to invade their house. They are afraid he'll be at the store or the mall or even in church. Guns don't make us safe they make us afraid.

    December 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. TomGI

    Texans deserve Rick Perry.

    December 18, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Nicholas

    I could not imagine sending children to school where all the teachers have guns. Thankfully I do not live in a society where everyone has guns and where everyone lives in fear of their fellow citizens. I fear there is no hope for America and that events like Newtown will just become more and more common simply because there is no will in America to change the society. As one man in Newtown said "to all those who love their guns, I pray to God you love your children more."

    December 18, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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