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. CBR

    Is this what we want to teach our children? Is security now the job of educators, too? We need to take control of this discussion and decide what guns should be legal, what amount of ammo should be legal, how we treat those with mental illness, how we use our police, who should not be able to get guns.

    Children died and some had more gunshots in them then we could imagine. Let's not forget what happened. We need to protect our children and we need to decide how, when, why, and which guns can be used. Stop tip-toeing around an issue that has festered long enough. How many more children need to die before we get this done?

    December 18, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. patsy

    There should be a licensed peace officer on staff in every school or more than one depending upon the size of the school.

    December 18, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Squigman

    It's hard to believe that in a modern society, leaders (supposed leaders), such as this cretin would make such statements. Whats even harder to believe, the people that follow this kind of convoluted logic, and drink it in as if it were some kind of magic potion. Wake Up.

    December 18, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Philojazz

    Gov Perry, does this mean thatvTexans with CCW licenses can be "packing" in the State Capitol? In your office? In the offices of the Texas Supreme Court? In all US post offices in Texas? Hey, how 'bout FBI offices in Texas? How 'bout at U of T football games? Do you even REALIZE what you said? Why should the rest of America have to put up with your inane, AND insane remarks? Please don't impose yourself on us again.

    December 18, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Tea party crazy men !

    Perry isn't big on smarts is he ?
    This was the guy who was going to cut , I can't remember
    Lone stare looneys'e ," Rick Perry & Louie Gohmert ".
    Louie Gohmert Says More Guns Are Answer To Preventing Mass Killings

    December 18, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. GBfromOhio

    We all learned in the Republican primary how pathetic and cognitively challenged this man is.

    December 18, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Greg

    I work as a principal in a school of about 800. It is easy to be critical when you are not responsible for the lives of so many people. Parents that expect their babies to come every night and spouses that expect the same. Are we to turn our schools into impenetrable prisons so these types of killers will be unable to do these dispicable acts? Not very feasible. I have never wanted to have to carry a gun but, I can bet there are families of 20 first graders that wish their principal would have had one on Friday. Until you can guarantee there will be no threat what is a better option? I don't want to have to tell anyone their child didn't make it home because the best I could do was throw a stapler at someone with an assault rifle. So, unless you have to have this responsibility everyday you really have no idea what you are talking about. Unless you have a better idea that doesn't require years of legislation your not realizing the urgency of the problem.

    December 18, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Yeah right guns with teachers and in schools not sure when this nation will realize, and not sure how many innocent small kids need to get killed before anyone realize. Not sure what is the difference between us and all the other middle eastern and asian countries, were voilence is much more prevalient. Atleast they know and live with the reality but here you live with reality that yiu are safe, but now in US there is no more a safe place whether it is a Mall, Theater or School.

    December 18, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Tom

    There's no need to arm the teachers. Just pass laws to keep the bad guys from bringing guns into the school.

    December 18, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Money Man

    It will be unfair to make a generalization that Republicans can be callous! Some of these republicans are dangerous. I can almost cry about what this idiotic governor just said about schools needing more arms – really? He obviously doesn't know the kind of loss felt by grandfather's, parents and family members of these murdered souls. Can you guys please have a heart for God's sake and STOP using "talking points" to bring out analogies that don't make sense! Please stop using cars and guns ideology because it's a slap on people's face.

    December 18, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. SoFunny

    Like someone said before me here ... why not teach the toddler's and childrens to shoot – they are citizens too and therefore have right to bear arms .. and protect themselves – the second amendement says so ...

    December 18, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. norma jean

    IF I WERE IN THE SAME ROOM WITH THIS "DING DONG"...AND HE HAD A GUN....I'D GET OUT AS FAST AS I COULD......I WOULDN'T TRUST HIM TO DO ANYTHING THAT WASN'T FLAMBOYANT AND I SURELY WOULD NEVER HAVE VOTED FOR HIM FOR PRESIDENT........CONCEALED GUNS IN SCHOOLS???? They're even talking about haviing teachers armed....this is ludicrous.. my dear gentle mother was a teacher and if she had tried to shoot someone...she would have shot herself in the foot. This is really rediculous to think that teachers could have prevented this massacre if they'd been armed?????................ IS THERE A BRAIN OUT THERE SOMEWHERE?????

    December 18, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. steve

    Wait until Perry starts arming the high school students. Being a Texan, nothing pains me more then having Perry in my state. I pray every night to have Perry depart for California because when he leaves the average IQ in Texas will go up by 20 points. The thought that he might run for President again has me rolling on the floor in a laughing fit.

    December 18, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. Johnny

    who will defend the kids when a mentally unstable teacher snaps and turns on the class?

    December 18, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Name

    A ban on assault weapons and ammo, and all guns is needed now. Here's why – even if guns are legally obtained and many are not there is no fail safe way to insure that a disturbed person will not get the gun or that the lawful owner will not become insane. No teachers do not need to be armed. Yes people with guns do kill people some intentional some accidental but dead is dead, end of story.

    December 18, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. crawford texas

    Im so tired if the guns being the problem. Its who's behind them that the issue. Do you take away all vehicles when a drunk kills someone. By the way there was over 10000to alcohol related deaths in 2010. Over 1000 where children. Where's your passion

    December 18, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. jude

    each and every bullet should be registered, monitored and highl insured. one very expensive hobby for those who like target practice...but that the price of many "sports."

    December 18, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. american

    Great. We don't even pay our teachers enough to teach and now we want them to shoot someone too. Whoever imagined that our educators would be in a position that they may have to be law enforcement also?

    December 18, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. faberm

    I agree with Rick Perry on this. It's the first thing I've ever agreed with that the governor proposed. I have Texas CHL and the restriction of guns from schools makes no sense.

    December 18, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. american

    Great. We don't even pay our teachers enough to teach and now we want them to shoot someone too. Whoever imagined that our educators would be in a position that they may have to be law enforcement also

    December 18, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. jude

    each and every bullet should be registered, monitored and hightly insured. each one. a very expensive hobby for those who like target shooting...but that the price of a very potentially deadly "sport."

    December 18, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. FMC82

    Let's understand reality:
    1) There is NO shortage of sick individuals capable of repeating this act....history tells us so. It will happen again.
    2) We can't keep guns out of the hands of someone who devises a plan to commit this type act.....history tells us so.
    3) Even areas with tight "gun control" laws are at risk.....history tells us so.
    4) There are NOT going to be sweeping gun control law changes anytime soon......history tells us so.
    5) Schools.....even those with state of the art surveillance systems...are at risk....history tells us so.
    6) A well-armed psycho will have a 15-20 minute killing spree before help arrives....history tells us so.
    7) Schools with no defenses are, and will continue to be, easy targets.....history tells us so.
    Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
    I am a father of 4 kids in a public school system. I am a classroom teacher (19 years). I am a veteran of 15 years of army service. I own guns. I don't own assault rifles. I am not a member of the NRA, but have friends who are. I agree with everyone that "something" must be done. Everybody is tired of seeing history repeat itself. I agree with the Texas governor. Until you can assure me I don't need to worry about 1-7 above, I say train a select group of staff members, arm them, and create a crisis reaction team that is already on the inside, and capable of stopping the insanity before dozens are killed. I think the short term solution is to put a viable deterrent in the school building. Unless you have a budget that allows you to hire several full-time security guards, or you have an armed prepared for history to repeat itself!

    December 18, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Name Marilyn

    Rick Perry and other like minded gun toting folks need to image for a minute that their child was gunned down. That is a game changer. Or go to one of those young funerals and tell me you still believe everyone should own a gun. Remember the shooter's mother had guns for her protection and ...

    December 18, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. crawford texas

    A gun can only kill if it has a facilitator such as a vehicle can only kill when an alcohol soaked drunk gets behind the wheel. Oh yeah in 2010 over a 1000 children died in alcohol related deaths. Is your outrage really just a cover to ban guns? A death is a death. Starved to death, beat to death, shot, whatever there all bad. I stand behind my govener and his belief to protect yourself. You going to count on your federal government to protect you? You don't feel safe in Texas please leave I would gladly swap you for a parent/teacher ready to defend my child.

    December 18, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. PA86

    He continues to prove he's a loon doesn't he? I thought that became apparent at whatever that event was during the campaign where he appeared to inebriated or completely off his rocker.

    December 18, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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