Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'
December 18th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
10 years ago

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. Discernment


    Fact# 1: There are over 300,000,000 guns in the U.S. That is roughly 1-gun per citizen.

    So this idiot (Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry) thinks increasing the number of guns, even doubling the number of guns to 600,000,000 will resolve the "baby slaughter" problems in America.

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

    I agree with Rick Perry. I think we should also allow our elementary school children to carry handguns into their classroom. Then, this kind of thing wouldn't happen, because our six year olds will be armed and dangerous. We can even start a toddler training program so that 2 year olds can learn to pack heat as soon as their strong enough to lift a handgun. Of course, that might change the dynamics between my 2 year old daughter and I when I tell her not to jump on the couch...

    December 18, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. RufusD. (one of those liberals)

    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 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    So according to Perry anyone with 10 classroom hours and a minimal range qualification should be able to carry a handgun onto a school campus. because the entire q

    December 18, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. 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 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Fred Evil

    20 CHILDREN die, and TWO Republican governors have come out wanting GUNS IN SCHOOLS?!
    You GoTP id1ots are frigging INSANE!!

    December 18, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. george wheeldon

    How can ANYONE be this stupid???? Maybe he is the one who can remember the 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 government departments he would get rid of. And this was a Republican candidate for President?

    December 18, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. The Teacher

    Most teachers wont feel comfortable carrying a gun but some will. Provide assistance and training and you would be surprised, especially now. This method wont work unless you dont know who is carrying. Very similar to the air marshall. Must be well trained and not arrogant. Start in a small sample district and learn from it. The teacher can surprise the assailant when it is in the hall or otherwise focused. This solution is also more cost effective and capable than a single known officer. The key is that the criminal not know who or where the Teacher is.

    December 18, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. vp

    Not much of a spine on this guy.

    Be proud, Texas.

    December 18, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. vp

    and that despite his loss, "I would do it again."


    and he would lose again, probably by even more.

    December 18, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Flappy

    Hey RufusD. What if one of the teachers had some assault riffles? Oh wait. One of them did and her son got ahold of it and shot her in the head and killed 6 more adults and 20 school children.

    December 18, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Mike

    Arming teachers will not stop this from happening. I can only imagine what will happen to any teacher that pulls a gun the first time they hear a balloon pop. Why stop at arming teachers. Let's arm the kids. We can teach them to shoot as soon as they can walk. This solution is typical of NRA-ists. Guns don't kill, people do so lets get more guns into people's hands. I'm starting to think that Texas SHOULD cede from the USA.

    December 18, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Rick E.

    Oh that's brilliant, and how many children die in the crossfire?

    December 18, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. chupacabra

    well,well, all yall paranoid anti gun folks have done it, as much as I hate to I'm going back to the republican side after having voted democrat the last 3 elections....yall should have left guns alone....nothing will divide this country fast then gun controle.

    December 18, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Observer

    Perry seems every bit as intelligent as George W. Bush. How embarassing for both of them.

    December 18, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. CNN for Romney

    it's amazing that a gun owner can be the first victim in the mass shooting. KILLED WITH HER OWN GUN, yet people can actually suggest that the solution is MORE guns.
    All guns in schools would mean is that the shooter wouldn't have to bring their own weapon.

    December 18, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Bondo

    You can still obtain guns illegally. The laws only make it harder for good law abiding citizens. I Iove guns for sport. People will still kill people. Cars, bombs, poison, second hand smoke. Just make everything illegal.

    December 18, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Tom C.

    Yes I'm an enlightened liberal! Keep teachers as temporary meat shields and uninvent guns! Ban them! Ban them and then ban drugs! Then ban murder and child abuse! Ban death! My roof is leaking could someone please ban rain for me?

    December 18, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. donna

    This is why the Republican Party has failed. It will be buried for the next 16 years at least. We don't need to pay any more attention to their ramblings.

    December 18, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. on StreetWise

    Guns here, Guns there, Guns everywhere! If more guns, and licenses to carry a concealed weapon are the answer to violence, Iraq would be the safely place in the world now. Yes, stand your ground and take the law into your own hands... Now, is there's enough of a a smaller government for you yet?

    December 18, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. rs

    You know the problem here really is like the fiscal cliff "negotiations". Everybody has laid out their positions, but won't budge an inch.

    If we stay that way, here's what will happen: another massacre or three, another 80 or 100 innocent people die, maybe real gun control legislation gets passed when everyone is really angry- and people actually lose guns- i.e. they do get collected, or simply illegal to own with giant penalties. Remember- more people currently die in America by guns than by car accidents, than by war. Gun deaths are greater than most prevebntable diseases.

    Everyone may wonder why- It will be the fault of the gun lobby and the NRA because they failed to either patrol their own, and they would not negotiate on clips, capacities, rapid fire technology and ammo.

    Everyone knows (even the idiots in the NRA) that the mentally ill, the unstable and the young must not have access to weapons. But, instead of allowing fuller background checks, or mandating gun insurance, safes, and trigger locks and sensible technology limits, the NRA went with the guns for everyone-even including military assault rifles, and ALEC proposed assinine gun laws with no restrictions on purchases, gun shows, etc... They even promoted "state gun" laws and the idiots in the Utah and Arizona Legislatures bought it.

    Either you negotiate now, or risk losing it all- IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

    December 18, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Anthony Hughes

    The liberals among theblue state population has a couple of irrational beliefs. One is that deputized armed teachers in schools are as bad as armed lunatics, and the other is that the Federal government can prohibit anything.

    This explains the ongoing trend of migration from Blue state America to Red stare America.

    December 18, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. fernace

    I have a lot of things I could say about Guv'nah Goodhair, none good, but will stick to remarks about this article! No, teachers should not be able to carry concealed weapons in a school setting! 1st, teachers go to school to learn how to be a Teacher, not SWAT! 2nd, how would you go about safeguarding a gun so that it's safely locked away from kids, yet readily available in case of emergency!? 3rd, even during wildwest days many a mayor required people to Turn in Their Guns during festivities, when they knew there would be drinking, raucous activity & men who wanted to call eachother out! A civilized society needs less violence & less means to cause violence, not more! Having everybody "policing" everybody is about as bad as the Russians having to snitch on their neighbors during KGB days! Bad idea Rick, but that's par for the course!!

    December 18, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Paul Dawson

    Absolutely ridiculous. The last thing we all need is more guns. What are you thinking? There must be a sustained movement to reduce guns, eliminate assault weapons and strict gun registry and rules. Japan did it successfully and so can we. Live by the gun, die by the gun. Get rid of the guns! Enough is enough. Time to amend the constitution that gun owners stand behind. Newtown, our hearts ache for you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss and pain. Take care.

    December 18, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Anthony Hughes

    Lets assume the FBI gets sweeping new powers to break into houses to seize guns or evidence leading to guns, without a warrant, of course.

    Would you liberals want a future Republican administration to have that power?

    December 18, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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