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. Edward

    There are are smart people in Texas. Pity one of them is not governor of the state!

    December 19, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. canuck

    this is insane. that's all I can say.

    December 19, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. davidpun

    I live near Baltimore. The gun related murder rate is a disgrace in this city. But it is not an armed thug killing unarmed people. It is armed thugs killing other armed thugs. A lot of these killings are drive-by shootings. Funny...I can't imagine how you can do a drive-by knifing. These guys just wait till the target is not looking or expecting an attack. In this city, guns are not a means of protection. Combined with drugs they are the primary source of the violence. Even though gun laws are 'strict', it is so easy for a criminal or a felon to gen their hands on guns it is a joke.

    December 19, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "To which school is the criminal shooter going?"

    Disarm the "shooter" by taking away his opportunity to get guns BEFORE he gets the chance to choose any school; any business; any shopping mall gun free zone or otherwise.

    Thank God three quarters of those blogging on this thread aren't old enough to own a gun. Be assured those of us who do own guns will do everything in our power to make sure you people NEVER get that opportunity to prove your manhood by accidentally killing innocent people you seem so willing to scacrifice in an effort to achieve your own 15 minutes of glory.

    December 19, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. NIdwaldner

    Yeah, because nothing like accidental shootings ever happen. Funny, how many seem to gloss over the fact that you are more likely to be shot if you have a gun. Some very baseless fears. We have met the enemy and it is the gun culture.

    December 19, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. dsangiovanni

    Are we going to need someone like Wayatt Earp ?.......Lets hire vigilantes, is a better idea....What about giving away guns to ours kids ??

    December 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. James PDX

    Excellent. I will be sure to take mine to court next time I need to attend. And if the TSA agents at the airports attempt to accost me, I will construe it as assault upon my person and shoot them. Cowboy Rick is bringing back the Wild West!

    December 19, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Arming teachers is beyond short sighted. Every argument presented is based upon the *false* assumption that teacher would win the shootout on Corridor 102.

    Answer "taxpayer" to the followning questions

    1. Who pays for the teacher's training?
    2. Who pays for the higher insurance costs for the building?
    3. Who pays for the lawsuit when one of teachers is killed and claims inadequate training?
    4. Who pays for the guns and ammunition being provided private citizens?

    Who ultimate pays for all of the above? Your kids. I'm willing to bet that the loudest voices calling for arming teachers do not even have kids attending public schools.

    If you want armed teachers, then I suggest home schooling. IF you want armed teachers, then I suggest a private academy that's built inside of a bunker. IF you want armed teachers, do not make me pay for it because it is against my religious and moral beliefs to commit acts of violence that a shoot would entail.

    December 19, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. rs

    You have to love the GOP: One day teachers are "Union Thugs" in Michigan, the next they want to make them semi-automatic armed cops.

    Earth to GOP, come in GOP..... Stop worshiping at the alter of the gun.

    December 19, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. sisterchef

    Please remember that this man, Perry, recently showed himself to be a totally incompetent fool, not just to Texans but to the whole world. He will not be in office much longer, so he has to talk while time allows. Pretend he isn't there...many of us in Texas have been doing that for years. And to answer another, we are not 'all like that.'

    December 19, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. James PDX

    Everyone strap on your pistol. Party at Rick's house!

    December 19, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I want someone at the school protecting my child’s life using any means necessary. Nothing but lethal force was going to stop this person."

    Until such time as the teacher/principal/custodian accidentally shoots your child during the crossfire. Imagine the civil law suits to the school district that scenario will bring. God gave us brains, not guns.

    December 19, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. dsangiovanni

    Is this guy one of the last cowboys of the W W W ???

    December 19, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. DC Observer

    If all the naysayers and critics on here have a single constructive suggestion, it woul dbe nice to here. But hearing the same liberal demonizing and insults really adds nothing to the conversation. A Dc debate on the issus of increasing public violence and rather than stifle ideas bfore they are fully aired and debated is just counter productive, notwithstanding the joy some dems get from throwing stones.

    Assaul weapon limitatios needs to be discussed
    Gun shows needs to be discussed
    large 30-60-90 round clips needs to be discussed
    body arrmor sales need to be discussed
    gun show regulation needs to be discussed
    right to carry concealed weapons in schools needs to be discussed (we did in for airlines)
    mental health needs a broad discussion
    family values and religion and prayer in public schools needs to be aired again
    background checks and a national registry needs to be addressed
    charges for parents and other gun owners that do not properly secure – lock up their guns needs to be discussed
    minimum sentences for illegal possession needs to be discussed
    a national register cross checking gun licensing and criminal convictions needs to be discussed
    The laws of self defense in home invasions needs to be addressed

    I am sure there is a larger list but before we just criticize anyone's ideas, let's debate them rationally and fully.

    December 19, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Roger

    2014 can't get here soon enough so we can vote this whack job out. 12 years we have had to deal with this man here in Texas. The last time I checked we lived in a democracy not a dictatorship. You've pulled the strings too long Rick – time for some new fresh blood here in Texas. My choice – Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio!

    December 19, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. davidpun

    Mike. "Criminals are like water, they will always chose the path of least resistance; school "A" is a gun free zone, school "B" has no such zone, and school "C" openly permits concealed weapons. To which school is the criminal shooter going?"
    Oh that's right !!!. He was a criminal shooter, not a legitimate shooter. That's what he was doing on his computer before he started his rampage. He was checking the NRA webpage to see their latest map of places where a gunman has the best chance of killing the maximum number of people without being shot. Of course he was so sad that while exercising his 2nd Amendment rights, his actions attracted about five squads of heavily armed police and he felt he just had to kill himself. Yes these gun nuts are so logical and plan their attacks so well.
    I just want to say this very clearly. I want this to be a country where people live by the rule of law and respect the rights of others. I refuse to allow the gun lobby to turn the US into a place where crime is solved by having a gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

    December 19, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Sergio

    I refuse to send my kids to a school were teachers are allowed to carried arms, and what type of guns they will need to defend against and individual wearing a body armor and a bushmaster? And what is next; a 50 caliber machinegun in the front door, or teachers with bazookas, or maybe a minefield surrounding the schools! REALLY…What we need is less guns, this is madness!

    December 19, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. asm_ith

    This is just stupid. Imagine what would happen when a bunch of people hear gunshots and come running out with their guns. They would end up shooting whoever they see with a gun. Everyone just keeps hearing gun shots and ends up having no idea who the real bad guy is. Probably the bad guy is in a different place by the time any particular individual comes out with his gun, so they are more likely to shoot innocent people. Of course, things might be okay if the shooter is always someone that is clearly not supposed to be there which would make him easier to recognize. Also, what do we expect to happen when the shooter wears body armor, as Lanza did? Do we really expect everyone to be such good marksmen that they will shoot the bad guy in the head, and we won't have lots of bullets flying all over the place, hitting lots of innocent people? If we need to have more protection, then we need to assign well-trained security people who know how to handle the situations and are focused on being good marksmen.

    December 19, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Brian

    People trust their kids with teachers, but they don't trust the teacher as soon as she starts to carry a gun? It's as if CHL holder would all of a sudden go crazy when stepping on school grounds. It's not the gun owners you need to be worried about, it's the criminals who turn these firearms into weapons you should worry about. Everyone should be on board to put guns in the hand of GOOD guys. If I can trust the teacher with my kids, I would trust them more when they are well equip to defend my kids.

    December 19, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. RES

    Thank God Perry has to stay in TX. Are the repugs still wondering why they lost?

    December 19, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. rs


    A gun sitting on a table is just a hunk of metal, nothing else.
    True enough. Also true is the fact that the gun was designed to do one thing: take a life.

    Does it strike you as rather sick that one organization (the NRA) that comprises little more than 1% of the total population thinks life would just be peachy in the good ol' U.S. of A if everyone carried around an instrument of death 24 x 7?
    Is our nation now THAT cowardly?

    December 19, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Cindy

    As a Texas teacher I can say this is one of the most asinine ideas ever. We already have armed constables in our schools. Arming teachers is a recipe for disaster. I don't understand how anyone can think this is a good idea.

    December 19, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Bebe

    So now, in addition to getting a degree in Education, I guess teachers will need to become Certified Peace Officers. And when a crazy busts through the door of a school, is there supposed to be a teacher standing "guard" at all times at each entrance? Or maybe they can just wear a big ole holster with their gun strapped to the hip, you know, just in case...

    There are many ways to help prevent MOST of these heinous acts-but it really starts with providing everyone, regardless of whether or not they have insurance, QUALITY mental health care, especially for children; teaching our children empathy and respect for all people, regardless of their race, disability, intelligence, sexual orientation, familial status, if they look or act differently; in other words, teaching tolerance and empathy, to reduce bullying. Because most of these "crazies" didn't have to end up that way. If we all worked together to teach and model tolerance and respect to our kids, maybe less children would grow up to feel so alone and ostracized.

    December 19, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. steve

    So what happens if godforbid a teacher has a meltdown, they are human, what happens if they have personal problems, money problems, their spouse decides to leave them, the kids start to piss them off?? They snap, they think screw it ill end it all now and pull out the gun and unload on the students??? What do we do then arm 5 year olds? This is just stupid! Common sense perry!!!

    December 19, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Alina77

    As a parent I am against weapons in schools and Perry should ask me first before playing KING of the "guinea -pigs". My school principal looks nothing like Terminator, if she will get that gun in her shaky hands she will do more harm then good..

    December 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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