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. HouGrasya07

    @ Steve, are you one of the racial cowards? go home, and cover yourself with your mom's blanket! I am proud to be a TEXAN! Of all the States, Texas is the number one state nowadays that MOVED FORWARD, though we are laid back, we believe that Conservatism is the right path to deal in this world. And for the rest of commentators here who keep on claimin' they are from Texas, maybe its true, you are from Texas, but you are not a real Texan. Then go somewhere else. Remember, don't mess with Texas!!! "SOME PEOPLE" here just do not understand the word PROTECTION, you are very much afraid of guns, probably you do not know how to hold a gun, or may have failed the Concealed Handgun license testing, that is why you do not like guns!

    December 18, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. jcinsc

    Perry is an idiot- These wing nuts just don't let up.
    Look, I don't think anybody reasonable ( whether they like guns or not) would debate or take away a persons right to hunt , provide for or protect their family – guns for home protection. But what we do not need in society is anybody with $150 ( CWP permit) can carry a loaded firearm in the general public. We should revoke CWP's , insitute federal guidlines for obtaining the right to carry- training, mental health check, background check, and a proven need. Only trained personell such as law enforcement should have a gun in public.
    Also- git rid of Assault Rifles- The general population does not need to outgun law eforcement. What the hell? These are weapons of mass destruction in the wrong hands. This shouldn't even be a debate.
    Restrict the clips- and round count. If you havn't successfuly defended yourself with10 rounds,,, then your screwed anyway. The only use for these things is to kill in large numbers.

    December 18, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Stuck with Perry

    Perry is an embarrassment.. Texas is stuck with him b/c there are enough brain dead Republican hicks who see a govenor packing a gun and think he is the second coming of Clint Eastwood or something like that... I think the debates showed just how little gray matter actually exists between his ears...

    December 18, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Ever see the movie "Unforgiven" were Clint Eastwood walks into a bar wanting to kill someone? When the shooting starts bullets fly everywhere. Everyone is so in shock that they just spray and pray, shooting their bullets back at Eastwood, never hitting him. Is this really the solution? If it is we are doomed. Our problem with gun violence is so complex and multifaceted. If anyone says they have a simple solution to end this carnage, they are dead wrong. We will never end gun violence, but we must curtail it. Outlawing assault weapons now is like outlawing rain after it floods. A symbolic measure yet largely ineffective. Reducing gun violence must be a sustained "Work in Progress".
    Take a look at the automotive industry. In the 1950's automobile safety was largely unheard of. Then Ford Motor Co. came out with the seatbelt. Before that was front windshield safety glass. Later came air bags and the improved designed by Volvo of the 3 point seatbelt. Child safety seats were mandated by law. Mad Mothers organized and petitioned for harsher penalties against drunk drivers. Passenger and side airbags were installed. Did anyone object? Maybe only the auto industry did because of the added cost. And the work continues to make automobiles safer, as it must.
    We must have a similar effort with violence from guns. No simple solution is available. Differences about 2nd Amendments rights must be overcome. Research must be done to find the causes of gun violence which include mental illness and the trafficking of guns to those who should not be allowed guns. And of course new effective laws must be passed which may include penalties for gun owners who do not secure their home weapons. Transfer of weapons from person to person must be registered. Complete background checks of all weapons sold, etc., etc. Think about this: the next big shooting is already being planned by someone now. Where’s our plan to stop him?

    December 18, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Billy

    Wow!! From a Governor? What a dumb person !!! Lets see... Teacher carries gun into class... She (more than he) is not careful and a Child takes the gun... you sure, you can prevent the scenario? EVERY SCHOOL, EVERY TEACHER? My kid's 50 year old teacher is capable of that ? Most teachers are gentle people who spend time with little angels 🙂 And Guns in a Parent-Teacher meeting? In sports / ground where there is so much rivalry with other schools? And this will make the schools the target of Gangs who want possesion of such weapons... Bad Idea, Governor... Instead ... Put security at the front gate and premises and maybe Security teams walking in between like we have guards for Banks... something same for Schools....Generates a lot of Jobs...

    December 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Stuck with Perry

    @HouGrasya07... I live in Texas... I can hold and shoot a gun... very well actually, thanks... will never own one... but that is my choice.. Perry is an embarassment to anyone who can think on their own.. seriously... more guns!! Why not put stricter regulations in place so that someone buying a gun has to pass a psychological test first? I am not leaving Texas. I like it here... but for the most part that has nothing to do with the current govenor

    December 18, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. rbee

    Texas has many rural districts. Not all towns have police departments and those communities rely on the county sheriff and constables. The response time can be 30 minutes or longer depending on where in the county the deputies are located. Case in point, the auto shop next door to my house was being burglarized. I called it in and it was 20 minutes before a unit showed up because they were in a different part of my county and some counties in Texas are bigger than some states. I agree with the governor (I've never voted for him). If a school, especially a rural school, doesn't or can't afford security guards, someone on campus needs training and access to a weapon.

    December 18, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. David

    Perry also believes that the best way to put out a fire is to douse it with gasoline and the best way to break up a brothel is to send in more hookers.

    December 18, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    Think it's time for the loony right wing pro-gun, redneck, Perry loving bozos to quit whining and accept the fact that deaths such as the dramatic increase in law-enforcement deaths, Sandy Hook, Oregon mall, Colorado movie theater and so on are COLLATERAL DAMAGE from easily accessible weapons. No amount of charity, sorrow, mass candle-light vigils and "guns don't kill people" garbage is going to bring those children back. It's the TRUTH!
    Making guns less accessible might prevent future events, as it does in MOST civilized western countries.

    December 18, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Thie guy is and always was a total idiot.

    December 18, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. TJS

    This makes too much sense for some of you people. I am sure the teachers that were in the school during the tragedy would have rather had no weapon and no chance to defend themselves rather than have a weapon an a chance to save themselves and the kids. Its common sense I don't like Perry at all but he is dead right on this one. All you brain dead idiots who think the only people who should have weapons are the police and government should take a history lesson. The ones who take guns are tyrants, the second amendment was meant to protect the people against a tyrannical government.

    December 18, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    Next thing you know, conservatives will suggest that schools could save money by not hiring janitors who are obviously overpaid and have inner city kids to clean up the schools.......

    Oh wait.....

    December 18, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    Only on Conservative Island does it make sense to make it harder to vote than to own a firearm.

    December 18, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. HouGrasya07

    @ Stuck with Perry: yOur very correct! Psychological Testing must be passed first before owning a gun!!! Some countries do have these fit testing first before granting a gun. Being a concealed handgun passer, conducts this type of test and training too that is why that was my first insight, but if everyone wants it to be more of formal and regulatory, a Psyche Test is one of the biggest factors to consider!

    December 18, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "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."

    Are we Americans really as ignorant as the above comment?

    December 18, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. peter

    I cannot understand what you people are thinking! I am a Canadian we have gun laws, I own guns, and have no issue with the restrictions in Canada. I cannot drive around with a concealed weapon, I do not lock my doors. yes, we have are our criminal element that have illegal firearms, mostly smuggled from the US I might add. Hopefully Obama will bring people together to ban or restrict particular types of weapons(AR-15) etc.
    When I read these articles, I can only think how lucky I am not to be governed by idiots like this Perry guy.

    December 18, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Nathan

    When are we going tyo allow Texas to secede? this is why this guy is teh governor of a staqte where the governor has little power and not the President of the US. His lack of brain power was exposed whenhe lost debates to the likes of Romney, Santorum, Cain and for heaven sakes Bachmanm

    December 18, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Texhimself

    Mr. Perry: News flash: getting a concealed carry permit does not train you in anything but how to legally carry a gun. It does not train you in tactics. It does not make you a protector, or gunfighter.

    December 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Mike

    Attaboy, Rick... I knew we could count on you, man! Perfect solution to the problem of madness-inspired gun violence in America – MORE GUNS!, and MORE PEOPLE CARRYING GUNS! Perhaps you're in favor of the little kids themselves carrying protective weaponry? Another towering example of "leadership" from American Conservativeland. Well-done!

    December 18, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. chethale

    Message to Gun Banners: Put a sign in your front lawn stating you have a Gun Free it for a week and see if you get a visit from Robbers, Childmolesters, Kidnappers, or Murderers!

    a few seconds ago · Like

    December 18, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Rick Perry is a nut job ,
    and to think he ran for the highest office in the country says a lot about special interest and the big money lobby .

    December 18, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Tom

    Yup, Rick Perry is still crazy. Thank you for the update.

    December 18, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Awesomo Vapido

    Holy cow! That is perhaps the CREEPIEST looking dude CNN has ever shown. Every time I hear the word "Texas", I thank my lucky stars that I live in Oregon. Seriously, what is in the water down there?

    December 18, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    Something I have always heard and it bears repeating...... Bullets don't have eyes. The shooting was TERRIBLE, however it might have been worse if more guns and bullets were involved. What happens when a teacher ACCIDENTALLY shoots and KILLS an innocent child? Can you imagine the hell that teacher would go through emotionally??

    December 18, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Mike

    On Friday, the [Texas Harrold school] district's superintendent David Thweatt said the set-up [2008 authorization for school officials and faculty to carry weapons at school] 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."

    Sure. "Doing everything they could to protect students" except for the simplest, most obvious thing to do – make it so difficult to obtain these weapons that the likelihood and frequency of these slaughters is reduced nearly to zero. Guess that's too sophisticated for the folks in his district to grasp.

    December 18, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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