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. QS

    "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,"

    Leave it to a d-bag like Perry to assign a label of "knee-jerk reactionary" to the side of the debate that is trying to push for reason and sanity when the true knee-jerk reactionaries are those who take the extreme position of being against all new gun legislation whenever an event occurs....and Perry thinks HE knows the answer!?!

    The paranoia of some, who genuinely believe they need to protect themselves from the government, has been allowed to take this country hostage and has led to too many people abusing the intent of the 2nd Amendment by attempting to use it to negate any meaningful, rational discussion on this topic.

    December 18, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. xnothinbutthetruth

    I agree with the commenter who just said Rick Perry can start by having people packed and loaded coming into his house – see how comfortable he is with that – because that is how I feel as a person who's not a gun enthusiast with people encouraging even stronger gun use.

    The chances of being shot rise dramatically the very moment you buy a gun.

    So... if your goal as a parent is to keep your kids safe – how can you rationalize that when your children have a higher chance to be shot once a gun is in the house?

    Still.. let me say, I'm for gun ownership – I understand the rationale behind it. Whether it's to protect yourself from an intruder, or even a hostile government, I support that right. The thing is I just don't actually believe it makes you safer...most often people are shot by a family member or acquaintance and in many cases it wouldn't have occurred were a gun not present (seems pretty obvious). I've lived this long (40+ years) without so much as firing a gun... I highly doubt it's going to be a necessity in the future.

    On a side note: Automatic weapon bans and high capacity magazines need to go in my opinion – and background checks should be very extensive.

    December 18, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Jay

    you dirty, rotten, sleazy, ignorant politician! you made an idiot of yourself on the national stage, and your own party rejected you! stay out of this national debate! we already know too well what you have to say.

    December 18, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. pop

    wouldn't it be better that teachers had guns then to leave a school full of kids unprotected???

    I do'nt agree with the Gov. but seriously... why not arm the teachers, this country is becoming a scary place and regardless of a gun ban (which i agree with) thugs will always find a way to have guns...., why not arm the teachers.

    December 18, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Marcus

    After Columbine there was one thing that I could not understand about those two lowerlifeformsthanmaggots:
    Why did they killed themselves?
    After reading a lot of articles and books here and there the conclusion shown to me was the same in almost all of them:
    'Blaze of Glory'
    That's the whole thing behind these mass-murders, whatever the 'reason' (as insane as it is) behind them the perpetrators see themselves as 'heroes/avengers' (or something close to it) and that the abominable tragedy they will perpetrate as their moment of 'blazing glory', from which they will not come out alive.
    Of course, since they want to shoot as many people as possible they go to places where there will be a lot of people, BUT since they don't want to die immediately they take precautions (like Adam Lanza), but one way or another they won't gonna be taken alive by the authorities.
    When they are arrested, like in that shooting at the Batman movie screening, it's more due to the police capacity of taking them down without killing them than because of their own capacity.

    December 18, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. JeaTexan4ever

    To all Perry Haters: You probably did not pass the Concealed Handgun Training or you are afraid to pass this training?!!!! Just cover yourself under the blanket, coward!!! hahaha!!!

    December 18, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. regertz

    Congress and state legislatures don't allow guns in their gallieries. If they won't ban these weapons, then I want a loaded assault weapon left in each and every state legislature and Congress for the public to handle at their discretion. Let them take the risks our children must. Start with Texas.

    I notice Gov Perry reserved the right to protect his own home by the "private property" statement. Wise move as I'm sure dozens of people with guns would have come to his house to exercise their right to bring guns anywhere.

    December 18, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Common Man

    The Republican Party got what they deserved in the last elections – A clear defeat – The party comprises of self centered and greedy individuals who are on payroll of big corporate lobbyists, NRA, oil companies, weapons & drug dealers etc. and put their interest in front of interest of our nation, our environment and our children. Why on earth we need semi-automatic & automatic assault weapons – does it make sense and conform with 2nd amendment? Assault weapons have no other use then spreading terror and kill unarmed people. Thank you NRA – we lost so many lives just because of the greed of your members and our lawmakers on your payroll. God Bless America.

    December 18, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. trarj

    And this why Rick Perry is not the President of the United States!

    December 18, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Tim

    Had the principal been armedand "trained" this mentally disturbuded person would have been done before he shot anyone...think about that. While your at it think about the so called SRO's put into schools. They're armed and as we all know, sometimes trigger happy...

    December 18, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. yogi

    The silence of the NRA is deafening, they are the ultimate cowards, they have blood on their hands and with those hands they keep a tight grip on elected officials.

    December 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Archer


    "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"

    The only laws Obama has ever enacted regarding gun control are to expand gun rights to allow concealed carry on Amtrak and in state parks. He's done NOTHING to restrict gun ownership. Your misinformation is a result of who you choose to listen to and your desire to only hear what you want to hear.
    The rise of the stock price is a mathematical fact. Feel free to look it up. I said nothing of any changes in laws only that people feel supression coming and therefore are buying. Whether it happens is not known. People know Obama is a leftist like you who thinks only the Federal government can cure all the ills of society. Retail gun sales is one of the few bright spots of Obama's term – great marketing. Same thing with fossil fuels and I have to say that has been a financial windfall for my family so keep up the hate.

    December 18, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. trarj

    Just one more thought – Does Rick Perry allow the public who carry guns into his office? If not why not? After all they have all had background checks! And none of them would ever slip off the deep end and go after a Governor because he's a moron!

    December 18, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. luvUamerica

    There is so many things wrong with this suggestion. All I cay is "what an idiot". One of the teachers in my daughters class grabbed a kid and shoved him to the ground because she had enough of his tormenting. It is one of those kids that got shuttled around because of bad behavior. Imagine if she had a gun.

    December 18, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    What a brave new world the GOP/Teatrolls would have us live in. Cowards.

    December 18, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Steve

    Remember folks this guy is from Texas where most Texans spend much of their time trying to look like what a Texan looks like in their own minds. Rough, tough and stupid. They seem to wear it with pride along with their cowboy hats!

    It's 2012 not 1812, and much to the surprise of buffoons like this they stand in the way of progress and doing what is right for the country as a whole.

    This guy is crazy dumb, and even though he failed to show he has a lick of common sense in the Presidential debates he continues to spew his rhetoric over and over again. AND, the people of Texas keep electing him!!!


    December 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. carly

    Perry is an id*ot but we already knew that.

    December 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. yogi

    @ What happens in 2 minutes of violence?
    You are part of the problem. I rather not live in your reality: "ALL COST with every tool available!!!"

    December 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. MateoNTejas

    (CNN) A Texas teacher opened fire on her school when she was fired by the school's principal. It was not clear whether the principal asked for the concealed gun before attempting to "talk" to the teacher, but what is known is that the principal should have shot the teacher first and asked questions later.

    December 18, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. What if???Teachers are armed???

    Lets play what if for those liberals who like to play "what if". What if a teacher left her firearm in her desk???Maybe. What if a firearm accidently discharges???Maybe. What if they lost there firearm in school??? Maybe
    The biggest WHAT IF. What if an armed gunman shoots out the security doors gains access to the school, shoots and kills 6 adults and 20 school children and then kills himself. Oh wait, that really did happen.
    What if at least one or two teachers were armed. They would of had a chance.

    December 18, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. xnothinbutthetruth

    Why not arm the teachers?? Are you crazy? They are teachers... not law enforcement – as someone stated you aren't even considering the possibilities -

    If the teacher is keeping it close enough that it's actually useful in a situation like this – then that means it's possible (actually a given) that eventually a student will get ahold of the gun... and we have now CREATED another tragedy like we had here rather than prevent it. And that's leaving aside the fact that we can't trust a teacher's decision to use deadly force either. I don't trust the cops with that type of decision either – but that's their job..

    The problems created by arming the teachers would definitely be more tragic than them not being armed.

    December 18, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. David

    if the United States Military cannot deter a mass shooting (think Fort Hood), then it's a tad silly to think that a first grade teacher is going to.

    December 18, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine


    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!
    Israel is a country that has been surrounded by countries determined to wipe it off the map: what is our excuse? Has Canada threatened us recently in anything other than a curling tournament? That is the reason why Israeli teachers are armed. The people of this country are obcessed with firearms: we hoard them, glorify them and work to perfect them. Public funding of help for the mentally ill has been a low priority for our Republican friends, and any attempt to help these people is viewed as another form of socialism, even after the Tuscon shooting, when Laughner could have been treated if Governor Brewer had not gutted funding for programs. The availability of guns combined with impotent laws and spineless enforcement has ensured that what happened in Newtown is not going to be the last time. The NRA is silent, but their shills, like Perry and McDonnell, are offering worthless ideas to distract attention away from their own horrible records on funding mental health programs. One of my friends lost his daughter in Virginia Tech Shooting, Mary Karen Read: I have a name, face and a whole family that has been scarred by these massacres. Why is McDonnell endorsing a worthless approach that does nothing but make NRA members feel better? Answer, its about politics, not solving a disease in our society.

    December 18, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Bellezur

    Talk about knee jerk!

    December 18, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. SFRich

    I grew up in a state where carrying concealed weapons was illegal unless one had a license to carry. Such a license was available if "need" could be demonstrated. If one worked for a government agency, owned a business, or was in a situation where they were responsible for transporting cash, jewelry, or other valuable, they were likely to get a license to carry a concealed weapon.

    Rifles and other large weapons could be legally carried in public as long as they were not loaded.

    The murder rate was low in this state. Occasionally there were domestic disputes that ended in shooting by rifle or shotgun, but bar room fights and other public disagreements were likely to escalate into stabbings.

    The law came down hard on anyone who transported a handgun without a permit. Hunters and "defenders of the home" were happy with their ability to own a weapon to either hunt or defend themselves. There were no such things as assault rifles and 100 round ammo clips. Everyone felt safe.

    What is wrong with a system like that? Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

    December 18, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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