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. Steve

    I don't even know what to say to this.

    December 18, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. weareone

    More gun is more trouble. It is not a solution to get rid of violence.
    School absolutely must have no gun in its facility, no matter it is the school principal or teacher or who ever working at school. Who know, it is them, one day they are insane and couldn't control their anger, they start shoot someone in school, themself.

    December 19, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. Blue Elmo

    No one has mentioned the fact the a huge majority of teachers are college educated women who probably want nothing to do with guns. Putting security station @school entrance is the only rational first step in dealing with this problem.

    December 19, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. Name milehi

    I think that both gun supporters and opponents can agree that no matter what legislation for gun control is introduced this year, at the moment there are alot of guns out there and they are not going away anytime soon. With that in mind I would ask that we consider a common thread to these mass shootings. Schools, malls, Ft Hood, movie theater.. The cowards all picked " Soft " targets where they expected and met little or no resistance. While I too am not fond of the idea of arming all teachers, I am open to the idea of a select few school district employees wether it be teachers or administrators being trained and licensed to have access to or carry a firearm on school property provided they:
    1 are a willing participant im the program
    2 undergo the same amount of training and psych elvaluations as a police cadet
    3 participate in ongoing training with local law enforcement
    I like the idea of their identities being not publicly released like an airmarshall as an added threat deterent.
    Guns arent going away overnight people, we need some imediate help on the inside for these kids!

    December 19, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  5. ivan

    Who's going to be blame when a student get ticked off, takes the teacher's gun and starts shooting?
    Not Perry or any other public official who approved this assine idea.
    After seeing Perry's run in the Republican primary, how anyone thought the he was Presidential material is beyond me.

    December 19, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. pat from central oregon

    OMG.....and Rick Perry is part of the problem! I wish he cared as much for equal civil rights for all as he does for people packing guns into schools. Just what this country needs is greater numbers of armed, fringe right wing fanatics trying to act brave and shoot first, ask questions later. Brilliant plan.

    December 19, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. enuff

    We saw what a 6th grader does when his parents send him to school with a gun...he threatens another child with it. The teachers job and training are to teach and nurture children. Let them do their jobs without having to worry about guns and having to deal with gun training. If necessary, check into a school officer. Our high schools have one on duty.

    Also, why not design classrooms with fire exits in each room? Schools I went to in the 70s had doors in each classroom that were locked and could only be opened from the inside.

    December 19, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. Smeagel4T

    Ever been in front of a classroom full of 30+ teenagers? Can't wait until the first aggravated teacher guns down a pupil.

    December 19, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. HenryMiller

    To those of you who object to arming teachers in schools, why don't you equally object to armed cops? Schools are a part of every community and to assert that the kids going to them are less deserving of protection than everyone else in the community is foolish and irresponsible. Guns don't inevitably bring evil behaviour.–they can and do protect against evil behaviour, else why do cops carry guns?

    December 19, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. HenryMiller

    @Rick E.: "Oh that's brilliant, and how many children die in the crossfire?"

    Fewer than if the killer isn't stopped at all.

    December 19, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. frost

    if everyone has a gun maybe ull think before pulling

    December 19, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. tom

    Let teachers arm themselves with guns is such an idiotic idea!

    December 19, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. futureman

    Most of the boneheads who agree with with Perry are in Texas and the south...and it took a civil war to straighten them out last here's what we do... we disarm them (we have the nukes and lasers), we sterilize them, and worst of all, we make them go to science class!

    December 19, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Monique

    This is the most idiotic thing I have heard. Handguns in schools!? Really??? I'm a teacher and I completely disagree with this. It's about as wise as allowing people to bring guns into bars and restaurants. Drunks with guns. Awesome. Why should I have to have a gun to protect my students and myself? Why should I even have to think about this? What is the point of allowing anyone to have a killing machine? There are other ways to resolve this problem, and it will be a combination of stricter gun laws along with awareness of mental health issues. An answer of 'more guns' to protect from guns is ridiculous and it's incredible that some think that this is the answer.

    December 19, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  15. Who Cares

    Wow, why are you talking about kids carrying weapons to school like he is promoting that? A kid can't get a concealed weapons permit....If a teacher had a gun in that situation he could have and most likely would have been shot before he was able to dump a clip of an automatic weapon firing at children. Realistically it would more likely save lives. those He shouldn't have been allowed access to guns at home, you lock them up unloaded with the ammo, in a safe, with a lock on the gun. No excuse.

    December 19, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  16. Buddy

    When is this guy gonna shut up? Texas has an official bird, flower, insect and fish. We don't need an official idiot.. Just when you thought he would go away and be quiet he belches another poorly thought out plan. At least we know that he is limited to 2 stupid things at a time due his proven mental capacity. Now go put on your cowboy hat and be quiet so the grownups can talk. Everybody already saw your 2 out of 3 trick and we laughed and laughed and laughed.

    December 19, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. LizardLance

    The fact that Texas is near dead last among the 50 states in terms of education explains much. Rick Perry has been re-elected twice, claims to be pro-life but drools all over himself with each execution he carries out, and a petition has gained 125,000 signatures to endorse leaving the United States. And his solution to violence is putting guns in the hands of teachers, and should one weapon be lost or stolen, then what? Clearly he is out of his mind!

    Let's be real here people. The National Rifle Assocation and it's grimy supporters have the blood of 20 children on their hands. They endorse unrestricted access to arms, no matter the kind. They are sick, sick, demented, twisted people.

    December 19, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  18. Capone


    Would that include the congressional chamber when he is giving the State of the State address?

    How about in jails and police stations?

    Some people need to seriously think about what they are about to say before saying it.

    December 19, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  19. bthomas

    @ chupacabra

    GOOD. NOW FEEL USED AND ABUSED AND GO LOCK N LOAD. your freedom is as worthy as your guns, the rest, like religion and mind, words and press, you want none of that. you want lawlessness and afghaniostan, you want yemen. where every man is armed to teeth. but no, you have more than all of those guys and you still cannot appreciate jack squat.

    think of your lil brother, or sister, or your own children, if they were one of the dead, even though the LAW says its legal to own a gun (remember when it was legal to own human beings called slaves?), would you not have felt what a pitty of a legality? what a shame of a right? for some bunch of idiots pleasure hunting and target practice needs and paranoia issues and not being to sleep issues, my loved one is gone. shattered at age 6. I would think, The F with everyones "gun rights". life right is supreme. go suck on that and maybe you can understand the taste of life. your life. miserable and bitter. vote republican for a life time, keep buying guns and shooting them and making gun makers and sellers and NRA more money, keep voting for them, when you are in your deathbed, die proud of all of it as your sole achievement and contribution.

    troll out

    December 19, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  20. mejohnm

    Teachers only job should be to teach. The USA is already falling behind in education and the teachers should not have to worry about being a security guard too. Hire true armed security that only has one job to do, to protect the kids. We could also install the double door entry systems so once a person enters through the first door, they are checked by whatever means (search, metal detectors, or even the new imaging technology), then they can enter a code for the second doors to open up. Yea, this may take up some time when there is not enough security personal, but at least the kids and school staff have a better mindset and know the gun free area is as gun free as it can be.

    December 19, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. mike

    they're 100,000,000 people in the United States.there are 300,000,000 Guns in the United States. criminals don't buy guns they steal them. and if criminal has a high capacity ammo clip. you think the criminal have will enough patience whileyou reload your weapon. also another point in mountainous regions and in your state parks there are Mexican drug cartels that have automatic weapons. and the park rangers and the police forces in those regions don't have the manpower or the weapons to go after them. I should allow people better trained and have concealed handgun license is on private property.and allow people to you take care of public property refuse the right to allow people on the property with concealed handgun licenses so if they choose to leave their children exposed to risk it's their fault. remember criminals don't go to the gun store they steal there guns.

    December 19, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  22. SadButTrue

    Unfortunately, nothing much is going to change. America is OWNED by those with deep pockets. The Media attention & public outrage will subside in a few weeks. The victims' families will be the only ones suffering, replaying this horrific experience, everyday of their lives. Another 'celebrity' will 'forget' to wear underwear and that will become news. This will be followed by another shooting at a school/college/mall/theater/workplace ... politicians will shed more crocodile tears, deliver moving speeches written by speech writers paid to write moving speeches, others will appear on tv shows expressing their 'outrage' ... tv show hosts will have a somber look on their face ... despite their shows getting a bump in viewership ... and the cycle continues. The nra (and their sacred '2nd Amendment' protectors in Congress wink wink) know this ... Prove me wrong. Peace.
    ... Save ur responses to this comment; instead, save this comment on ur desktop, read it after 6 mnths, if u care to. Enough said !

    December 19, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  23. mike

    here's an idea. why don't you hire a military vet they can't find a job with extensive gun control and range training. to obtain a concealed carry on school property.I bet he would sacrifice his life to save your children.

    December 19, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  24. mike

    criminals don't buy guns,mentally ill people can't get guns,they still them. locks are made to keep honest people honest. .meeting making stricter gun laws won't keep people from stealing guns and committing crimes.

    December 19, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  25. mike

    remember when Society breaks down the strong will adapt and overcome. are you willing to be on armed am behind the curve in be taken advantage of

    December 19, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
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