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. Texan

    Rick Perry is a disgrace and embrrassement. Why should anyone pay any attention to what he says.

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

    Perry has fallen off the 'mental cliff'.

    December 18, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    Texans deserve Rick Perry.

    December 18, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
    No we don't. I certainly did not vote for the moron.

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

    Can you imagine this nut as president?

    December 18, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. TPF

    How many times have you seen the armed security guard get killed first and then the killings continue.
    Unfortunately there is no way to stop it from happening. If they quit shooting at schools they will just pick another
    easy target with crowds of people. I strongly agree with having trained school personnel being allowed to carry
    a weapon. Not a guard, but a few trained personnel in each school so that the deranged individual does not know who is armed. The armed guard just puts a target on his or her back. Just like the air marshals that are armed and no one know when and where they are going to be, and which plane they are on at any given time. These deranged persons
    scout out and watch the pattern of the people,of the places they are going to do attack. Since there is no way in the world to ever reduce the amount of guns in this Country what else can be done. United States is the most dangerous place in the world according to murders committed by guns alone. But taking guns from the law abiding citizens only leaves us more vulnerable to the bad guys, that will always have guns and always have ways to get them. Almost everyone of these mentally ill killers have a background that can be traced to their childhood and have been sick for years and years without getting some type of help or getting it and are not being monitored until something like this happens. Give up the war on drugs, which is a complete failure and waste of taxpayers money and put the monies in
    making sure these folks are treated and monitored for life. Mental illness is a lifetime illness but can be treated but we don't put enough resources in doing it. Put the billions of dollars on mental illness and quit the drug war. IT DOES NOT WORK!

    December 18, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. overed

    Perry is simply an ignorant, red-neck, tea bag, christo-facist fool. And he gets elected as a Govenor of a state?...seriously? Says a lot about the people of Texas – and it ain't good.

    December 18, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Amanda

    Love the hypocrisy: "I sure hope the government doesn't pass any 'kneejerk' legislation. Also, let's arm all of our teachers!"

    December 18, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. rs

    The GOP has developed a new standard line, and it is playing in two blog posts at once!

    They are (something to the effect):

    1. "Even if you took all the money from the rich you couldn't pay down the debt (and/or) defict". Their message: do nothing and let the rich just keep getting richer with their sweetheart tax breaks.
    2. "There are so many guns out there stopping the sales of some guns/ammo/equipment won't make any difference". Their message: do nothing. Just keep buying guns and make them available eveywhere to everyone.

    There you have it. the GOP isn't about solving problems or leading, they are the wave your hands in the air shrug your shoulders and walk away party.

    December 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Oakspar77777

    Good job, Mr. Perry.

    In that recent tragedy, teachers gave their lives to protect their students. Wouldn't it have been better if they had the chance to give up that attacker life instead?

    Teachers, licenced to carry, are more than trustworthy in our schools. People trust police with guns, when teachers are also state employees with all the background checks of law enforcement. Sure, teachers do not have the same firearms training – but that is why they should have their CCWs with the extra training envolved in recieving that license.

    Armed teachers takes the bullseye off of our children painted on them with "Gun Free School Zones" that labels them as defenseless victims surrounded by defenseless adults. Not even the police are expected to lay down their lives for others like these teachers did. They should have had the tools to protect those children.

    December 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Liz

    Whackadoodle alert!

    December 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. John Patrick Grace

    Hey, Gov. Perry, I'm sure all the Texas judges would be delighted to invite attorneys and visitors to their courtrooms to "come on in packin', y'all, we'll just deal with whatever may happen." And let's have high school seniors of age 18 and better feel free to come to school with guns strapped on; I'm sure their principals and teachers would feel so much safer if they did. Bring back the Wild West.
    Is this the same Gov. Perry who said he'd dismantle three departments of the Federal govt if he were elected president, then could remember only two or the three?
    His mental acuity on the gun issue is on a part with his debate performance.

    Texas, please get serious about whom you put in the governor's mansion from now on. And if this clown wants to run for president again, suggest he try another country, like maybe the Cayman Islands.

    John Patrick Grace
    Huntington, West Virginia

    December 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. ridkd


    How UI dislike Texass's!!

    December 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. JustAO

    Try going to a public place with your weapon and profess how safe everyone should feel that you are there to protect them. You will be arrested and/or screamed at in a matter of seconds. Try it out and see; for those of you who make this idiot argument.

    December 18, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. scarf

    "The tree of gun rights must be periodically refreshed with the blood of innocents."

    The Gun Lobby

    December 18, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. LMahoney

    I'd like to ask Governor Perry if loaded, concealed weapons were allowed in the building where he gave this speech yesterday.

    December 18, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Scott

    So lets get this right. The teacher has a gun, where? Do they carry it in a holster? stuff it down their pants? or just walk around with it? It's probably in a drawer. Well that needs to be locked because it's a school, kids are around. The gunman bursts in wearing his flak jacket, armed with 2 pistols and an assault rifle. The fantasy is that this teacher can get to the desk, unlock it, execute a perfect head shot and take the dude out. Is that what Ricky and the rest of the gun toters really believe?

    December 18, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. D Harding

    It is a terrible state of consciosness when the country has leaders such as Rick Perry that fail is recognise guns kill , their is no licenscing that can guarantee that the holder of a weapon will remain stable during his or her life time , the only constant is guns are weapons of deadly force. If America wants to truly be safe no one should be carring concealed weapons for just in case I have to shoot someone. Drinking and driving culture took a long time for people to buy into , its a bad thing . America wake up gun culture is a bad thing.If you are not feeding your self and family with wild game , or defending yourselves from gun carring zombies , which your government has provided weapons , you do not need a gun.Because of your very own gun culture you live in fear , how dumb is that.

    December 18, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Buckwheat

    I supervised Texas schools for many years and I can tell you that anyone who would suggest teachers be licensed to carry guns in school is TRAGICALLY ignorant.. Pander for the Bubba vote in another way.

    December 18, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. sosimplyput

    Stop the Hollywood sleaze and the people it supports. No guns in school. Movies have schooled this nation in violence for decades and decades. Videogames just reinforce the illusion that a real man carries and shoots. The west may have been won with guns, but the 21st century can be lost with them. Now is the time for the likes of Quentin Gorintino and other bloodthirsty movie maggots to stand up and take the medicine. Not the 2nd amendment.

    December 18, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. martiniano

    What a GREAT IDEA. Let's take that logic to solve another danger. People speed while driving and sometimes they hit other cars. The solution is obvious: if EVERYONE WOULD SPEED they would get OUT OF THE WAY of other cars faster. No one gets hit, everyone gets to work on time and all is happy and beautiful in a red, red world.

    December 18, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. midwest3

    And of course, all of those people within the schools will never go off the deep; will never use the gun they've been entrusted with to do harm. He was and continues to be a nitwit.

    December 18, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Mukudi

    That assumes that teachers who would carry guns ay not be having any form of mental illness that could cause them to turn their guns or the very students they are supposed to protect! Thanks for this myopic world view. The proposal given here is a way to dig in for gun possession, whatever the cost!

    December 18, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. edzepp

    Yup....just what we need to prevent gun violence: More Guns???
    Lets arm the kids too, right Rick?

    December 18, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. tim43

    This man is a lunatic.

    December 18, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. @TEXAN9922

    not everyone is to blame punish the people who commit the acts not the people who dont

    December 18, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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