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. ThAnz

    I like how people believe that a pistol is going to save an unsuspecting teacher from a guy with a military gun in full combat gear. Get real, start helping the mentally ill instead of catering to the gun industry.

    Guns aren't the solution to everything FFS.

    December 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Canuck

    If if all gun sales were banned today America would still be awash in guns. Americans have succeeded in creating a dysfunctional society for themseleves , must be that exceptionalism thing you keep talking about.

    December 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. TheFacts

    These psychos that commit such terrible crimes are cowards. They seek out places where people will be unarmed and helpless. Just the fact that some of the teachers may be carrying could be enough deterrent to keep them for attempting such a crime. I don't know what difference a teacher with a gun could have made in CT, but if the shooter knew he might encounter armed resistance, he may not have had the conviction to go through with his actions.

    December 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. ThAnz

    More guns doesn't equal less mentally ill. If they know the teachers are armed, they will just use heavier gear.

    December 18, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Leslie Song

    The NRA and their rich friends, like ALEC hold their guns rights and gun profits more sacred than our common right to security, happiness and safety – more sacred than children's lives.

    They refuse to make a single sacrifice so that our children can be safe. It is horrid.

    December 18, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    The only problem with this theory is that this does not take into account the possibility that innocent people can get hit with rounds discharged from an armed teacher. The target is not going to stand still for an armed officer, and a teacher dealing with panic-struck students is more likely to hit of his/her students than take down an armed intruder. Pay for metal detectors at the doors and armed guards who are trained to deal with this, that is if Conservatives actually want to pay to make our kids safer. Do not give someone with a Dirty Harry mentality the chance to cause collateral damage just so Wayne LaPierre and Ted Nugent can sleep with a smirk on their face that their " interpretation" of the Second Amendment has been upheld yet again in the face of common sense.

    December 18, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    @Larinna. Actually they do target police stations. A lone gunman walked into a police precinct in Detroit in January, 2011 I believe and opened fire on the police. Many police were injured and the gunman died. Google it.

    With that said, first off, I don't know what the solution to this problem is, however if we follow the GOP, our country is going to be like the Wild, wild, west minus Wyatt Earp. Do we teach our babies to shoot guns before they even learn their A B C's?

    December 18, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. ghostriter

    So a person crazy enough to kill innocent children really thought about whether or not anyone there would be armed.......Ok....

    I guess it's just as likely he thought the police would never come and that he would just go home afterwards.

    Criminals rob banks, armored vehicles and the like. Criminals shoot at cops to avoid speeding tickets. What makes you think criminals really care? Many are prepared to go out in a blaze of glory. And the criminals I am talking about are the sane ones.

    So.....How does this prevent kids that bring guns to school from shooting up the place? The response time could me a few minutes for Super Teacher to make his/her way from his/her room to where the shooting is taking place. Of course, this teacher will have to be willing to sacrifice themselves to do this.

    Sounds like a knew jerk solution to a knee jerk reaction. They would be better off to have shatter proof glass and metal doors to barricade students in classrooms. At least they could contain the damage.

    December 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    Years and years ago I was a police officer and even back then the training was extensive with firearms. And even with as much training as an officer goes through an alarming number of officers killed each year are killed with their own gun. You really want to arm teachers who might have the gun taken away from them and then used for God only knows. I remember having a firearms instructor talking to one Rookie who was very impressed with his new smith and wesson say "I sure hope that gun is made of chocolate. Be a lot easier to swallow when someone makes you eat it."

    December 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. MrManhattan

    Enough of this talk of Texas seceding from the United States.

    It's time to simply kick them out!

    December 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. HenryB

    Have we gone totally insane? I think we have.

    December 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. The Mayor of Medinah

    Well unfortunately in this society were many of us do not value life or feel that they have an agenda to force upon the law abiding citizens. We all were worried that this sort of attack may occur in a school a mall or some other crowed place by foreign terrorists or by domestic crazies

    December 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Cam Spurgeon

    The man is an idiot and Texas needs to go to work on getting trheir wackos out of office.I lived and worked in Texas and I know that he and others do not speak for the majority.Well keep on talking Govenor and you forego any chance at a majority. Wackos like you are bringing down the GOP.

    December 18, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Mike in SA

    Yes indeed.

    December 18, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. billmosby

    To do any good, an armed teacher would have to maintain a certain awareness of what was going on in the hall all the time. That would add yet another distraction to the main job, teaching. As rare as these kinds of events are, I think gun accidents would kill more people than they would even potentially save.

    December 18, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. ghostriter

    SO now you conservatives are not only ex-covert ops special forces veterans, but forensic psychologists. OK, analyze this one.

    Would be shooter knows someone in the school is packing. He simply waits for recess and now plucks off 20+ students before anyone even knows what direction the shoots are coming from. All while John Wayne, History teacher, is refreshing his coffee.

    December 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Ken in MD

    Since 1994, there have been over 70 shootings in schools in the US. I wouldn't call new gun laws a "knee jerk reaction".

    December 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "no class room teach is going to "save the day" by blowing away a gunman."

    Agreed. Especially one in full body armor blazing away the moment he gained access. Too many people here are shooting from their lips with little to no real life experience.

    December 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. scottca

    This all sounds fine until you realise that teachers like all human beings suffer from mental illness as well. This will just lead to one day a teacher going insane and killing a bunch of kids with the gun that the teacher brings to school with them every day.

    December 18, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. JD

    So Perry is saying I have the right to take a gun into his office? I can now carry a gun in the Court rooms of Texas? I think Perry needs to think about what he says before he says it. Also, we don't need teachers that rape and molest students to be carrying guns do we?

    December 18, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Kevin Quail

    Yeah, that's what schools need- a crossfire. How soon would a handgun stop someone with an assault rifle and a bullet proof vest, who likely wants to commit suicide anyway? Perry's brain acts as a deterrent to ration al thought.

    December 18, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. shaunthesheep

    Who in the right mind would let their kids be with a teacher who has a gun? The insanity is way too much people. Perry and the NRA are evil impersonated.

    December 18, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. boom

    Ok. Sounds fine IF guns concealled by citizens are also allowed inside the Capital Building, Governor's office, on planes, in courtrooms, etc. You we can shoot the crazy people and protect everyone...

    December 18, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Kenny K

    Rick Perry need to start by allowing people that come to his house (both family, friends and vistors) to be packed and loaded. Then he can let us know how confortable he and family are with that.

    December 18, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Logic N LA

    Even licenced to carry- teracher are too volitile to have guns in todays class rooms. Having a bad day? Shoot the students. Get in a fight with the principal- off 'em! Students can over power a teracher when mad and go on a rampage. The list of reasons for not having them in a school is far longer than any reason for having them. Guns kill. As usual – governor Perry doesn't have a clue.

    December 18, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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