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. Greg

    You gotta wonder how a man so dumb can become governor of TX. I'm not talking about these recent comments. I'm talking about his overall body of work. Then again no ever claimed people in TX were very bright. You get below the Mason Dixon line and the intelligence level takes a huge drop. If you think that's just a shot at southerners it's not. It's fact. The South ranks well below northern states in education performance. They're to busy teaching god instead of science.

    December 18, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Joesnopy

    I do not what my kids teachers to have guns. The more guns you we have the more likely a nut will get a gun and this is the problem we have in America. We have too many guns. Why do we need all those guns? We are the most violent nation in the world and this is a fact.

    December 18, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. maine liberal

    Stop with the fear. this was one school out of 98,000.
    a simple truth there was one person that should not of had a gun or had access to a gun.

    December 18, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Cheryl in Texas

    PatNY, you just don't "get it!" Crime goes DOWN when "Bad Guys" know you can DEFEND YOURSELF
    Actually, violent crime goes way down when cowards do not have a firearm to hide behind. Look at the statistics in New York City, Chicago, and other major cities and prove it to yourself.

    December 18, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "So when the teachers start wigging out and shooting kids, then we arm the kids next?"

    Fisher Price has a lovely line of flak jackets, machetes, bowie knives and tazers already set to go as soon as the House GOP can authorize it. They're working with Sig Sauer on their first "Little Tikes" rubber-bullet gun as we speak.

    December 18, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "WHY is that LOGIC so hard for you and others to understand?"

    Because it's not.

    December 18, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. The Real Bubba

    Have you been around school teachers? You want to add combat training and weapons defense to their list of teaching duties, really? I would gladly pay for armed security, additional district police officers, or an off-duty police officer to provide security at my child's school. Permitting guns by anyone off the street in our schools is a grave mistake and too much of a burden for school administrators to discern nut cases from the normal folks.

    December 18, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Amen

    Amen, to that – finally someone talking since. God Bless Texas. Sure- we need gun control- but guess what, we already have gun control, more vigilante enforment of gun control laws- great! im all for it. However- this person stole the guns, he was turned away from a gun store- when trying to buy the guns - in other words the system worked!. All the laws in the world, won't keep you safe – unless we take the responsibility for own safety in our own hands- have we forgetten about 9/11? Disarming people that could and would defend – themselves and other innocent people, is not the way to handle this. Unfortunately we are living in a world, where we are going to have to take defending ourselves seriously. That's what this is about- not another politician making another law, that psychos wont care about anyway.
    The biggest child mass murder in a school, was done with dynamte in 1927 (40), did they use a gun in oklahoma?

    December 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Ronnie Harper

    The same people demanding more work on teachers' plates and more government security at schools, are the same ones screaming about too much government and lower taxes on the wealthy. How convenient for you. As for Gov. Perry's "idea", it's completely ludicrous, just like everything else that comes out of his pie-hole.

    December 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Perry's mind work just like Palin's."

    Indeed. They don't.

    December 18, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. GrogInOhio

    Somehow, I knew from the headline, without looking that this was Rick Perry. Genius at work, ladies and gentlemen.... /sarcasm.

    December 18, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Jeremy

    So, did you all complain after 9/11, when they allowed pilots to have a gun in the cockpit? It was a simple, yet effective answer; if someone tries to charge the pilots with knives, they have a gun to defend themselves. This is the same principle as teachers; they should be armed to stop a threat, just the same. And the idiots talking about the 'wild west' and the 'crossfire'; you two are morons, who most certainly don't own a gun. It's like that shootout with the policy recently in the city, and multiple people were hit and hurt, and they determined that all bullets from the policy in that shootout, not the criminal. Anyway, think logically; that gunman would NOT have been able to kill that many people if someone else was armed in that school.

    December 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Every member of the NRA should be shot, once, in a non-fatal manner, to see how that effects their views on gun control. Pick a leg and get ready.

    December 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. juan

    In Texas liberals also carry heat with a license. We need to stop blaming liberals when the problem comes fome another source

    December 18, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. nothing new here

    Perry, don't plan on me voting for you.
    And if the Tea Party feels that people should have unlimited access to guns, then people should have unlimited access to birth control, esp. if they are using it on their private property.

    December 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Monk

    To everyone saying we need more police and military to prevent these events from happening, I have a question. Are you willing to pay the increased taxes to allow this to happen? There are cities around me that have disbanded their police force because they cannot afford it. So, now the county has to patrol that area, which means the county sheriffs are now stretched even thinner. Who is going to pay for the extra force? How about we give gun owners that have their CCW permit and have been trained on how to properly handle and store their weapons a tax credit and raise the taxes of those that oppose guns to cover the cost of the increased police force needed to protect them?

    December 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't want more guns in schools, Rick Perry. I want responsible gun ownership in America. You know. Keeping guns out of the hands of those too ignorant to understand guns do kill and therefore aren't intelligent enough to lock their guns up and out of the hands (and or reach of) the mentally ill, little children, drug addicts, alcoholics, and themselves. Allowing them to also pack and play publicly isn't the answer. Not for me anyway.

    Given who you are and who you represent, I also understand I'm probably is asking too much.

    December 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. TNWoman

    The point is that if a gunman knows that someone in the school is armed and able put up a defense against him, he will not pick that school to go on his rampage. He is looking for an easy target and armed personnel make the school not so easy anymore. I think this is awesome.

    December 18, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Nismo87se

    Maybe we should be like Mexico and no allow citizens to have guns at all? It's not like they have random killings all the time, that police can't stop. Wether a person has an assault rifle or a bomb strapped to himself, if they intend to kill they will, unless someone stops them. My alternative would be to have a police officer at every school that is head of security. That way teachers won't have to be armed and the officer has the training to deal with extreme situations, while teachers care for students.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Someone with Common Sense

    Funny how no one seems to talk about the attempted mass murder in a texas movie theater two nights ago. Probably because a respectable man with a concealed gun was able to shoot and kill the criminal before he could cause any major damage. The media will refuse to cover anything that can help show why more guns means less death.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. UDidntBuildThat

    So u gun banning advocates, say we institute the ban guns like you want and set up more gun free zones in the country. Do u think that will stop the criminals from getting the guns? If the criminals and cops are the only ones with guns, will that be a scenario you can live with? When the crimnal is in your house raping your child and the cops cannot there on time that will be fine right? It is a fact that is cops say 95% of the the time they are too late to get to the scene to prevent the crime. So would you be ok with those odds? When the next crazie gets a gun and shoots up a school but this time he take out even more kids? Well lets wait for the police while he takes out the school? Oh Right that will never happen because all the guns will be gone fr the crazies and criminals and all will be well.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. AaronG

    I am Sorry for all of yall bashing this. I live in Texas and would be proud for my teachers to carry and protect our kids. Unlike other states here in Texas we are taught gun safety early in live so we can understand how deadly these guns are, and that teaches us respect for said gun. Unlike other states out there we also learn something lost in these generations . Its called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. So there are 2 things there that we learn RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. So for all of yall just yapping about gun control and need to take away the one thing we have to protect our selves and others. Well I guess you just need to learn about those two traits.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Brian

    This is a typical case of treating the symptom, and not the cause.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. babysgramma

    the idea that a perpetrator might hesitate if he thought someone else might also have gone and might kill him is stupid. wake up people! he killed himself after he shot all the babies! he never expected to get out alive anyway. wake up.

    December 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Momofterrors

    I can see his point, it would be a bit like the air marshals on airoplanes, but I do not think it should be guns, possibly tazers. I don.t know much about them but as far as I know you cannot shoot them multiple times so at least teachers could use these to take down and lunatic who turns up on school grounds and threatens their children. there would though have to be a lot of training and guidance on usage – possibley offered by the police, FBI or similar. Just think if the principal had had this and confronted this person, then maybe, just maybe all these children and teachers might not have been killed.

    December 18, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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