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. allens

    anyone wonder why perry did not win the election? the nra must be sidelined like grover was. powerful and detrimental to americans

    December 18, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Larry Clinton

    Well, I have prayed for the parents and the families that havelost children. I also have read many of the anti-gun comments. Please be realistic, more laws won't help – period. Would it be better it the murderer had made a bomb, or set fire to the school and threw molotov cocktails? Or just used a sword. Many school attacks have been made in the past in many countries. One was committed in China a few hours prior to our tragedy using a knife. Bombs have been made with fertilizer, propane tanks and gasoline. Nothing I know of can eliminate a maniac from killing someone when he is willing to die himself, all that can be done at this time is to stop him before many are murdered, Allowing the teachers to be armed WORKS – look at Israel, who trained their teachers and armed them in the 1970's has not had a mass murder of children since. Almost all of the "mass murders" are commited in so called gun safe zones where legal citizens cannot carry self defense weapons. I know many will say ban all guns. However the guns are here and the criminals will never turn the guns in. All that would be accomplished is to disarm the honest man or women. Besides the fact we are a FREE nations and the 2nd amendment insures we have the right to bear arms. The firearms are like a ball bat, car, or knife, useful and harmless unless in the hands of a killer.

    December 18, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. molosar

    Yee Haw!!! Let's go down to the country bar with our guns and drink a half liter of whiskey and shoot up the ceiling. Who's with me?

    December 18, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Romney is NOT My Hero

    One of the dumbest people to ever live strikes again (he's living proof of why we all should be Pro Choice) - Please stop giving him the time of day. Oh and THANKS TEXAS!!!!

    December 18, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Peter Bishop

    If one would stop and think about it, a well trained, sane armed person at that school may have been able to take out the nut case before he got to the classroom and completed his murdering spree. Instead, the adults ran out and attempted to attack him bodily without anything to defend themselves with and were killed.

    December 18, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Schnuh330

    Not often do I agree with Rick Perry, actually I can't remember ever agreeing with him, but on this I do. I say train and arm all teachers, if people knew there were 50 trained and armed men and women in schools you wouldn't have to worry about school shootings ever again. Making schools gun free zones, as they are in many states, just let's everyone know this place is full of unprotected potential victims. Training and arming all teachers will prevent any future incidents from reaching the magnitude of past tragedies. The people who commit these heinous acts are cowards, if they knew there were armed men and women in their way, most would never have attempted their attacks. Those brave or foolish enough to attempt attacks would be quickly stopped. There would be no need to waste valuable time waiting for police to arrive, in these situations wasted time means wasted lives. I'm a father. I'm not a conservative, or an nra member, or republican. I don't even own a gun myself. I voted for Obama. I don't believe gun control works, it just makes it harder for guns to be legally obtained by law abiding citizens. People who want to commit crimes, will, no matter what. Look at China, people don't have guns there or school shootings, instead they have knives and school stabbings. Save lives, put guns in schools in the hands of trained responsible educators. Give them the tools needed to protect themselves and our children.

    December 18, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Santex

    I ____________ understand that there will be three teachers at __________ School who will be carrying firearms. I understand that when firearms are discharged there may be accidental injury or death and should my child be harmed I agree to hold __________ School harmless.

    Signed, Mom and Dad.

    What mother or father would sign such a waiver?

    December 18, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Peter Bishop

    Criminals are deterred by the risk of attacking an armed victim. As more citizens arm themselves, the danger to criminals increases.

    December 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. JeffNC

    Here's an idea: Instead of guns in schools for teachers, janitors, principals, nurses about tazers or tranquilizer guns? I want the guy alive, I'm tired of these crazies killing themselves leaving us with not closure and feelings of injustice.

    December 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. 0RacKL

    Another brilliant statement from a governor of Texas.

    December 18, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Dan Williams

    Of the people who think it is an insane idea to let teachers arm themselves if they have a concealed gun license and choose to do so, I bet everyone of you would wish a teacher had a handgun on themselves if someone broke into your childrens school and started shooting at your child. Would you honestly stick to your anti-gun ideology enough to let your child be killed? Or would you wish the teacher pulled his or her weapon out and in defense of the students, shot and killed the killer before he had a chance to kill your child? Which would you choose?

    December 18, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. William Miller

    Hey chupacabra, Yeah, you sound like a Democrat all right, from about 1860. "yall should have left guns alone..." Most of us who care about our kids don't fear this country being divided if it finally results in getting something done. If you and yours choose to secede again, you'll have my blessing.

    December 18, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. ROB

    Perry is correct – Why is it that Texas has some of the most lenient gun laws, has more concealed handgun license holders than most states, has parents that teach kids how to be responsible with guns, has more guns per person than most states, and the violent crime rate is lower than most states and is also decreasing???? Check out places with the strictest gun laws (New York, Philly, Chicago) and see how its working there.

    December 18, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. jake

    Don't stop just with arming teachers. Make kevlar vests for students mandatory. How many lives would have been saved with kevlar vests?

    December 18, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. jb

    Might as well give the kids guns too Rick!

    December 18, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. BEM684

    Long before any teacher heroically takes down a school shooter, there will be a student who gets their hands on some teacher's gun and kills that teacher with it. Allowing guns in school will lead to more school shooting deaths, not less.

    December 18, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. CommonSense

    I like how all the gun proponents want everyone to have a gun and want to point out that if they did, stuff like this could be prevented. Yeah like everyone is just going to be sitting around waiting for someone to go nuts and shoot someone. Let's just give a teacher a gun and have them leave it out on their desk just waiting for a gunman to break into the school and start shooting. Lets have people leave their guns out on their laps in movie theaters just in case a person comes barging in and starts shooting. Lets put people setup in rooms all across the country standing ready just in case something happens. You know because everyone in this scenario would be going to shooting ranges on a regular basis to become well trained in not just shooting a gun but also reacting to a fight or flight situation. Lets make sure everyone is prepared to jump up with a gun in hand if they see anything out of the ordinary according to what they perceive to be right. Yes that is a great idea.

    That makes SO much more sense than investing in education for our children to have a nurturing environment so that they grow up without knowing the difference between right and wrong, investing in our police so that they can patrol our neighborhoods in greater numbers and with greater pay, investing in healthcare so that those that have mental deficiencies can get the help they need. Yes lets put millions and millions of dollars into guns instead of these things. I can totally see how that owning a gun and hiding behind it, than it will be to expand our minds and hearts.

    These people were NOT criminals that committed these horrible acts. They were NORMAL everyday people. They committed criminal ACTS. The people that knew them always describes them as normal people. I'm sure everyone knows someone in their life that is 'normal' or maybe even a little bit... off. Are you now going to look at them and say, make sure you don't go around killing people with any guns you may own now. You are a responsible gun owner and responsible gun owners don't do that you know.

    December 18, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. Paul

    When less than 2 minutes can result in 26 deaths, all hit MULTIPLE times each, it's MORE than enough time to ban the assault weapon and it's clips. History MUST record that these children gave their lives to FINALLY get a non-terminating BAN on these types of weapons. With all the registered ones collected and people having non-registered ones given a free chance to voluntarily turn them in. If afterwards caught with one then a HEAVY prison term. No excuses. But there is MORE than guns that can become objects for mass murder. The mentally ill mind must be identified and treated BEFORE it can become irresponsible and go wild.

    December 18, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. lensmith

    I hope that people will remember that it was bullets that killed those very beautiful young children that had the world in front of them. That's Bullets folks, that did the killing. So for those of you that want more be prepared.

    December 18, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. paige thomas

    I should have the right to walk thru the grocery without entering a military zone. My neighbor has the sense of a gnat but is licensed to carry a gun. This is how unarmed people are shot. I feel my rights should include being able to go out in public with out being surrounded by guns.

    December 18, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. GLM2

    We need gun control laws to protect our citizens from violence. We could look to our southern neighbor for advice on how to implement it and just how much success to expect from it. Mexico has very strong gun control laws. Don’t think they have anything similar to our troublesome second ament ether.

    December 18, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. DrOptic

    What chupacabra and other 'guns for anyone' people are missing is that this killer had a military stype gun with 30 round clips. Let's see, 26 deaths means that in three clips he had enough amno to shoot these victims three times and still have bullets to spare. What if he only had 6 bullets per clip? It would have taken him much longer, and just possibly fewer would have died! Unless deer and other animals have mutated since I was a hunter they do not need 30 rounds to kill, unless you are a truely bad shot. Maybe limiting clip size and making training (including safe storage) mandatory for all owners might help.

    December 18, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. paige thomas

    More guns are not the answer. The irony of Nancy Lanza being murdered by the arsenal she assembled for protection seems to be lost on many. Her death serves as one more to add to the statistic that one is more likely to be killed or yo kill loved one with their "protection" gun.

    December 18, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Buddy

    Gov. Perry can you please just shut up and go away. You were and continue to be an embarrassment to the state of Texas. I for one am sick and tired of explaining how the people of the 2nd largest state in our country keeps electing a first rate moron who on a good day can't remember more than 2 of 3 things he do would do as president. It was not a prescription drug haze, a medical condition or a lack of sleep. It was a lack of I.Q. points and the inability of the most basic understanding our constitution. So now you think teachers should be packing heat. What's next.... Should every child be sent to school with a lunch box that contains a PBJ sandwich, an apple and a Smith &Wesson?

    December 18, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Jay Dee

    I think it's ridiculous to arm teachers. I think it's oxymoronic of the states to even bring up the issue of arming teachers...asking them to now put themselves in harms way more than they already are....after state after state insists teachers cost too much money and benefits for the public to pay. So, lets cut their pays and ask them to do more. For people to even think of this is insane. Hire perimeter security and get to the problem before it enters the doors. That's the only way to ensure the kids are safe.

    December 18, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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