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. Trader Pal

    It is so disappointing that there is anyone who believes Perry's arguments, particularly at this time.

    The State of Texas has a lot of duly backgrounded and trained owners of concealed guns who used them to kill another human being. This argument always goes in the same circle insofar as the NRA and its enablers are concerned. More violence, more guns. More evident threats, more guns. More random violent episodes of mass murder using guns, more guns.

    If we want our children safe should we move to another country? Seriously, no time for nationalism if our county has head this far in the sand given all we know.

    December 18, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Dan

    I refuse to consider any idea from a man who once floated the idea of taking his state and leaving the union. That's the talk of a traitor and his opinions have no value here.

    December 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. JC

    How many strangers do you trust with your life with a concealed weapon. How many far right or far left agenda people do you know. How many people have alcohol issues or drugs or have hot tempers. Are you willing to hand a gun to every stranger you meet have them hide it and use their judgment as to when is an appropriate time to use it. Is the person you shoot at in the the mall after you hear gun fire the original person harming others or is it the "good" guy returning fire. How would you know? How would I know as the third party walking on the scene with a gun if either one of them or you are the person doing harm. I just walked up and all I saw was you with a gun. You may or may not be a good person but I do not trust you either way to have a concealed weapon near me or my family. I do not know you.

    December 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    just looking at that photo of Perry is creepy enough. I live in Texas and part of the problem here is that EVERYBODY can carry guns and that includes the bad guys. We had a terrorist shooting at Ft Hood here because a terrorist in our own military was allowed to have firearms. I am very pessamistic that anything will be done about this. But take this into consideration....when you go to board a plane now we all have to take our shoes off because of what ONE man tired to do (shoe bomber) we can no longer take a bottle of water or a fluid aboard a plane because of what 2 people in England tried to do....yet after several people have done mass shootings in our nation we choose to do NOTHING! I just don't get it.

    December 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. WhiteSites

    You people need to lay off Perry. Understand that Texas is a different State. We are very comfortable with Guns. Its part of our culture. While the rest of you whine about how we need more gun control, or even crazier, no guns at all. Texas is arming up. I drove past Academy Sports 2 nights ago and the parking lot looked like day after thanksgiving at Walmart.

    December 18, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Dyan S

    The Tea Party movement? Don't you mean the Koch brothers movement? It seriously pains me to see how stupid the American population has become.

    December 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. ew1974

    You don't bring guns to a school for the same reason you don't bring guns into a prison. Guns are unsafe around a group of people who cannot (children/teenagers) or choose not (criminals) to make adult, law-abiding decisions. Any gun at a school is more likely to be stolen and used by the 600 children going to that school, than the one person who's licensed to carry it. The person carrying it is not likely to be where he needs to be to prevent crime from happening. It's not a deterrant. Not to mention the fact that the school is likely to be sued by the victim, regardless of the way the gun was used. It's a bad idea all around.

    The real problem here is a woman owned several guns while a mentally ill person was living with her and allowed access to the weapons. There needs to be a law that prevents that.

    December 18, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Stan

    My 4th grade teacher drugged and suffocated her own two children several years back. Some of you really want to give people like that a firearm?

    December 18, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. phlip

    if the teacher himself/herself goes on rampage?

    December 18, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    none included the school in Texas that allows weapons by staff on campus

    Okay, let me try one "during the 9 months of the election cycle this year, Mitt Romney didn't lose on any day except Nov 6". Now please read a book on logic.

    December 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Julia

    Yes, right Mr. Perry. Let us all carry a gun, like the old "Western" movies. When are we Americans be civilized like "normal" humans? The second amendmend was suitable when it was written, not the modern world. We do not need guns. Let us ban guns altogether, from every one of us except the lawmen.

    December 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. jackie

    Are you out of your mind. Now let anyone in a public area that may have a mental health issue. Or someone that stold a gun and just walks in REALLY

    December 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Mike

    A lot of you are missing the point. Hand guns aren't used in these massacres. Neither are hunting rifles. Military style assault rifles are the weapons of choice. no one is coming after your hand guns ... and no, the second amendment does not gaurantee you the right to own a military style assault rifle.

    December 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. David

    The last thing you need is an untrained person getting in a gun fight in a school, that will simply cause more deaths. Also an invitation for a teacher to misplace their gun at a school only to have it picked up by a student.

    December 18, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Jeromekjerome

    Under my proposal to Repeal and Replace the 2nd Amendment, Texas would have the right to arm its teachers while the District of Columbia would be free to ban handguns. It's that simple. JeromeKJerome at Client-Side Politics.

    December 18, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Gregg

    I live in Texas and I believe Rick Perry is right on the money. People who are trained and licensed to carry should be able to go anywhere. By the way, I do not own a gun but believe its the peoples right to have them. What about more alcohol control? people get drunk and kill as well. Hmmmm then again there are using cell phones while driving also. Should we control them also???? Perhaps if there was a person at the School who is licensed to carry and was there at the moment? could it have been prevented? Maybe.......Then again, that person my also be prosicuted for killing the killer. The guns used belong to the mother of the idiot who did the shooting. She is the one responsible and not the American people.....Oh yeah, she is dead so lets find something else to blame it on.....

    December 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Kentucky Burbon

    We're fast becoming an uncivilized nation: Criminals don't abide by the rules anyway so there must be preventive measures! If we can put a man on the moon I know that we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous, people, criminals, and those that are dealing with mental issues, while at the same time allowing the hunters to hunt, sportsmen to sport etc.

    December 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. brian

    All police officers are armed, yet they have the highest risk of being shot and killed. What would this clown say if they did arm all the teachers...and one of them had a bad day and wen't on a rampage.

    December 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Ted

    If these cowards knew that there was a good chance that someone at a school could defend the children, it is way less likely that he would even attempt to assault the school. There would be no gun fights. By arming some teachers and school administrators serves as a powerful deterrant.

    December 18, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Jeff

    If those were your kids, would you have wanted those teachers to be armed?

    December 18, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. cedar rapids

    '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'

    funny how in fact the gunman survived and was taken down by a female police officer working as a security guard.
    So much for your 'respectable man with a concealed gun' argument.

    December 18, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. DocHollywood

    For God's sake, Texas, get rid of this yahoo. Tell me, do you really want a bunch of armed adults shooting it out around kids? Do you think a teacher who is surprised by a gun man will be likely to keep their composure, to think rationally, to aim properly against someone who has come with a purpose to kill any and all they see? Perrys reasoning is insane. Since I have a valid driver's liscense, should I be able to do high speed persuits like the police do? You know, there are limits to everything. Except insanity, which seems to be abundantly plentiful in the Texas governors office.

    December 18, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    You people need to lay off Perry. Understand that Texas is a different State. We are very comfortable with Guns. Its part of our culture. While the rest of you whine about how we need more gun control, or even crazier, no guns at all. Texas is arming up. I drove past Academy Sports 2 nights ago and the parking lot looked like day after thanksgiving at Walmart.

    You do know don't you that a too high soapbox causes lack of oxygen. Might want to try lowing yours a peg or two.

    December 18, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. james pfeiffer

    One of the biggest issues we have in this country is that our elected politicians are no longer statesmen, but are plutocrats living high off or you and I. They are no longer wise, they lack global and social intelligence to make healthy decisions for the common person. Much of it is are own fault because we no longer demand, or even expect, wisdom from our elected officials. Perry is just one example of a whole slew of small thinkers, creationists, homophobics, gun-toters and blow-hards who are well on the way to bringing this country to its knees. What ever happened to common sense?

    December 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Shari

    I agree with the governor, but I think the government should focus on the video games and take the violence out them.

    December 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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