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. JZ

    How can this kind of clueless individuals become governors? Allowing guns in school? You are nuts, Perry. The fact we don't allow individuals to purchase bombs assure we don't see that many bombs killing people in our news paper. Same logic works for guns. We should level up gun controls and stop selling them to genenal public. This should achieve the same. This is absolutely doable and achievable by law enforcing.

    December 18, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    This guy is a fruit loop looking for a bowl of milk.

    Just how in the hell do some of these people get elected in the first place?? Perry, Boehner, Akin, Mourdock?? Is the only requirement to be elected a male with pale skin???

    December 18, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Ed Gonzales

    Heaven help Texas. The really scary thing is he really belives he is doing the right thing.

    December 18, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. SRM

    What A flipping nut case!

    December 18, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. mcskadittle

    everyone is talking gun control, but the real crazy republicans are going the other way

    December 18, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Orwell seen it before

    Dear Guv Buthead,

    Does that include your office? By anyone?

    Let's use Texas excellent background checks to figure out terrorists and spies.

    I will not feel safe in Texas until I have a personal nuke in my backyard to protect my home from criminals and nosy neighbors. And that socialist invasion by the UN led by Obama.

    Jack S., esquire
    crazed in Texas

    December 18, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. mcskadittle

    the had him as a candidate to make mitt look like a reasonable person

    December 18, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. John

    And to think this guy could have been our President. That's really scary.

    December 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Chris

    MORON, is all I can say

    December 18, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. MrRickinNH

    Seems Mr. Perry has proved himself a bafoon many times over in the past year... what is sad is the GOP would have the likes of this carry the party banner!

    December 18, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Eileen Gray

    Dear God, Where is Molly Ivins when she is most needed? The thought of her possible comments regarding Governor GoodHair's position on concealed weapons in our schools makes me lightheaded! Miss you, Molly.

    December 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. tex

    I have something valid to add to this since I'm a CHL holder in the state of Texas. I realize that the govenment is not charged with my security. I think it is a fantastic idea to allow CHL carry where it is currently not allowed. Because guess what where legal carry is allowed the murder rate goes down. I believe open carry should be allowed as well. Despite all the gnashing of teeth about guns in schools, normal citizens don't just randomly kill each other because they had a bad day. Rick Perry may not always be on the mark but on this he is 100% correct.

    Gun control did its job in preventing the sell of a sporting rifle to the Sandy Hook shooter. But as we all know the criminal murdered his mother stole her guns and commited these heinious acts in spite of the gun free zone. All the gun free zone says to a psychopath is that there are unprotected soft targets for you to kill here.

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

    December 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Ragatang

    I think Perry has some points. We should allow everyone to carry guns to everywhere including churches, mosques, state houses, government houses and court houses.
    Hey, no guns left behind.

    December 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. SC

    Perry is the Lord of the dumb. No wonder on one intelligent supported him during the Repub. primaries. What if a teacher decided to pull the trigger on the students on the day she has menopause.

    December 18, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. JD

    "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.

    Those of us who wold like our lawmakers to consider some type of reasonable limits on guns are not reacting to an event happening. We are reacting to the same types of events happening over and over again, while nothing is done.

    I don't know what type of regulation is needed, whether it be mental health screening for gun purchases or limits on the types of weapons, magazines and ammunition available to civilians, or both, or something else. What I do know is that a serious conversation about these issues is long overdue. We can't waint for a colling off period, because we all know these types of events will keep happening.

    December 18, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. What happens in 2 minutes of violence?

    Really!!! As I sit here reading everyone's post, it has become apparent that the majority of you have not learned a thing. It has only been a few days since the innocent murders and your pretending nothing has happened. Is it going to take another major incident or two or ten before we make some MAJOR SWEEPING changes in this country? This issue is bigger than guns. It is about violence. Human history from now to the Roman Empire and beyond has always had violence. There will always be violence, and there is no stopping it. But we can try to stay alive by fighting violence with violence.
    The MAJOR SWEEPING change needed is, we need to arm our educators with firearms and proper training/policy for those schools who do not have a SRO's assign to them. Even with good police response down to 2 minutes, alot of damage can be done with in that 2 minute window. Our educators would be the 1st line of defense to save our children for those 2 minutes. Look it up, "The Guarding Plan" for a good model to go by. Also some sort of gun control that makes sense. Gun control may help a few years down the road, but we need to act now by arming our educators. Yes we can have both. This is no longer about gun lovers and gun haters. This is about survival. The world is violent. Protect our kids at ALL COST with every tool available!!!

    December 18, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Crystal in Houston

    How come I knew that Rick would say something like this.. This is insane. These people are crazy they dont want gun control They dont want to pay higher taxes to put more security in schools but this was a national tragedy and it can never happen again. I'm so sick of the foolishness. WE MUST CONTROL GUNS. WE NEED MORE SECURITY IN SCHOOLS WHICH WILL MEAN HIGHER TAXES. But some are willing to put a pricetag on their childrens lives. Its really sad.

    December 18, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Can we have snipers on the rooftop to protect the kids when in their schoolyards playing, too?

    My moral values do not allow for my tax dollars to be used to purchase violent, deadly weapons for private amatuers, much less pay for their training and certification on the use of said weapons.

    December 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. aquamanINusa

    JZ but what about OK City? didn't a bomb go off there

    December 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Crazy Governer

    "all Texas schools are equipped and ready to carry out a strategic plan" = "give principals and teachers guns". When a student comes in blasting his gun like Lanza, the heroic teacher will open their handbag, sift through make up, lipstick, tissue paper, hair clips, tonnes of grocery receipts etc. to finally pull her gun out, load it and kill the shooter in one shot. What do you think governer, this is a fantasy episode of Spike TV's "1000 Ways to Die"?

    December 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. our counrty is going down the tolet

    i cant wait for the day they ban guns- first i am pro guns im in the military and i think everyone should learn how to use a gun including kids. but the way everything is going our right to bear arms is going to start disappering. the day will come when the gov bans all guns. i feel sorry for everyone. at that time only police and criminals will have them. at that point there will be more people dying of gun vilonce because we will not be able to protect our selfs. and the police will not beable to help you when you need it most. it will take an average time of 14 mins to responed to a call. so when this starts to happen those anti-gun freaks will start saying we just shot our selfs in the foot (in better words to say). its facts that more guns means less crime. at the end of this im going to laugh everytime i see on the news someone that just been shot in a robbry an home invasion. well not everyone just them anti-gun freaks that were apart of this mass gun ban. hope this never happens but hope for the best but expect the worst and it will be bad.

    December 18, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Michele

    In Israel the teachers are armed to protect the kids. In Texas I always carried a gun in my purse it was always loaded, with the safety on. To focus on guns is absurd. Did we outlaw fertilizer when Tim McVeigh blew up 160 ppl mostly kids? We need to focus on the people, not the tools they use to construct their madness! Mental Health is a REAL problem and we need a frank discussion about a sickness that should be coddled and protected, but also treated. We cannot allow these people (including members of my family) to hurt others and have access to anything that can hurt themselves and others..and the media needs to stop MAKING KILLERS FAMOUS. Outlaw, guns, fertilizer etc and it will not stop, but create a database of mentally ill and support groups and progress will then be made!

    December 18, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Deb in MT

    I thought Texas was bad enough, but now Gov. McConnell (VA) and the TN legislature are talking up the 'arm the teachers' drivel!

    G*D help us all, this nutiness is contagious!

    December 18, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Heather

    So teachers having guns at school, so how about of what ifs....

    Where does the teacher keep it concealed? What if the "wrong" student was to get a hold of the gun and use it on others.

    What if the teacher thought there was a problem that required deadly force and found that they were wrong and killed an innocent student?

    Vigilante type justice will only create more death and tragedy!

    December 18, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Tony

    Newtown school was a gun-free zone and that didn't work.

    December 18, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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