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. Anonymous

    Whew, we dodged a bullet when this bonehead dropped out of the presidential race. Now if he'd only drop out of politics completely it will be a better day for for everyone–Texans included. Seriously, this guy wants to reenact not only the Alamo but Showdown at the OK Corral every waking moment of your life. Just imagine those "well trained" teachers now being required to not only take firearms and law enforcement training but being armed to the teeth. I just hope that no one in my family is around when the bullets start flying everywhere and the bodies are piled up to the ceiling.

    December 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. CanadianDude

    The problem is not that Perry is a governor. The problem somehow he managed to get elected by many people who live in a country that owns many weapons ready to use them anywhere in the world. You think about this for a second, and you understand why the world is going to hell.

    December 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. BILL, WI

    Gov Perry you should face reality. The U.S. is the most violent industrialized country today. Even if we were to call the combined populations of the EU, Australia, Canada and Japan as a single country, the U.S. will still take the lead in that category even if all firearms assaults and homicides are not included in the statistics. The U.S. is the worlds leader in the incarceration of criminals, we even surpass China, Cuba and the new Russia so the problem is not just guns, its the U.S. Or just plain US without the periods. If access to firearms were curtailed we would still be the leading country for the highest murder rate. The gun nuts are right in one regard, Guns do not kill people, PEOPLE kill people. And that is at the base of this tragedy.

    December 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Mr. Grizwald

    to MattZuba, please name one public school in Texas where guns are legal? You can't cause there are none. Only ones allowed to carry a weapon are the police liaison officers. Personally, i think it is a very bad idea. I do not want any of my fellow teachers carrying a weapon. There are so many reasons it would be a bad idea I can't even list them. All this is is Perry playing to his money people. Stupid, stupid idea.

    December 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Sure Mr. Perry, we should allow responsible citizens to be able to carry a concealed weapon in any public facility including schools. What about your office or a courtroom? Should we also be allowed to enter a courtroom or the Governor or Mayor's office with a handgun as long as it is concealed? So are you implying that as long as a weapon is concealed, it cannot be whipped out to commit a murder? Its no wonder why our society is so crewed. There are too many insane incompetent politicians calling the shots. Simply appalling.

    December 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Conservatives, what I don't understand is this belief that gun laws don't work because criminals break laws. DUH! The break laws. So should we get rid of all laws, because at there is not a single law that has not been broken.

    Rather stupid argument. Guess I should have expected as much.

    December 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. amolad7

    Keep arming EVERYONE??!?!?
    That's a recipe for insanity.

    December 18, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Jack

    There was a shooter in NYC at the Empire State building. Several well trained police officers arrived. A shoot-out ensued. Innocent bystanders were hit by the policemen's bullets. Even trained gun users will not prevent a shooter. The more guns being fired the better chance of more injuries. Now, if any of these mass killers did not have access to assault rifles things would have been a lot different.

    And besides, this crap about the 2nd amendment. That amendment is about a "Well-regulated militia." It's not about gun rights. Only a "well regulated militia" is to have guns. We have a well-regulated militia: The state and local police.

    December 18, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. tombesson

    “One failed shoe bomb attempt and we all take our shoes off at airports. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns.” John Oliver

    December 18, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Deb in MT

    "Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and it did nothing..."

    Actually, not true: the shooter tried to purchase another firearm at a gun store, and left when he was told he had to submit to a background check and a multiple week waiting period. Then, he went home where he had access to the guns that his momma loved so much...if only she hadn't had those weapons there where he could get at them. That's another discussion we should have, but he was prevented from getting even more firepower by the strict laws of Connecticutt.

    And for those pointing out how some states with strict gun control laws still suffer high death rates from guns: it's kinda hard to enforce those laws with the crazyquilt of gun laws that exist here from state to stae, and with the availability of guns/ammo on the internet and at gun shows. That's yet another discussion we need to have: a national standard and closing purchasing loopholes.

    We need a really serious debate on these issues.

    December 18, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    Once again the biggest pandering clown in politics has spoken. Tell ya what, Ricky. You go ahead and secede and you can have armed teachers in your new country of Dimwitistan. Meanwhile, the rest of us will stay sane.

    December 18, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Mike F

    Thank God that Perry did not become President of the United States.

    There needs to be two approaches, mental health and the banning of assault weapons, the latter which is relatively easy. Ban the public ownership and sales of assault weapons, and clips holding multiple rounds of ammunition. Provide a government buyback of existing weapons and use those weapons for military and police training. Make a mandatory prison sentence of one year for ownership of said weapons, and at least a ten year sentence for a crime committed using said weapons. Require multi-year renewal of gun permits that includes mental health and gun handling certification.

    December 18, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. anonymous

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! On behalf of all Texans, I am embarrassed to have Rick Perry as our govenor. Let him piss of the teachers again for not paying them enough and see what they do with those guns. C'mon.

    December 18, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Ron

    What a great idea...maybe only 10 kids would have been shot before the shooter was take out by a teacher.
    Better idea....let the kids carry concealed weapsons so they can defend themselves.
    I don't understand why anyone needs an assault rifle or anyother automatic weapon for that matter. The guns and the ammunition should be illegal.
    Even with training, the majority of people are just not responsbile enough to own guns. How many children have to die before we realize this....and stop using the Bill of Rights as an excuse to have weapons. It doesn't apply to modern times...the general population is not a member of a militia nor was it written when guns of mass destruction were available.

    December 18, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    "Bad Guys" DON'T get stopped by ANY "Gun Control" laws-because they IGNORE THEM!

    The bottom Line is, "Bad Guys":
    * DON'T get background checks!
    * DON'T get fingerprinted-unless they get caught!
    * DON'T pay fees to get a gun license!
    * DON'T have to WAIT 3-6 months to get "permission" to get a gun and carry it!

    Frankly, since "Bad Guys" don't do any of those things before THEY get guns and carry them, WHY should "Good Guys" have to?

    Because, simpleton, the fact that criminals don't go thru those checks means that they are breaking the law by just possessing them. Which means if they are caught with those weapons, they go to jail BEFORE they or the weapons can do damage. Otherwise, they are not doing anything illegal until they shoot someone.

    Isn't the idea to stop this before it happens?

    December 18, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Mr. Grizwald

    There is a you tube video done on this very subject. Using college students carrying a firearm, in every instance the kid carrying the weapon gets shot before they can even fire. Some can't even get it out of the holster before being hit. The chaos of the situation, the way the body reacts to these situations all plays a part in the inability of these students to make a difference. It is why police train and train and train, so they can overcome the bodies defensive mechanisms.

    December 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Greg

    Perry's knee jerk reaction: "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..," – meaning that Perry knows the best response is to arm every living individual and let them shoot it out among themselves 'cause the dang gummint doesn't know anything.

    December 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Herman

    Jeezus... No. Enough is enough.

    December 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. ja

    everybody elected to office isn't always fit , and america is full of such

    December 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. jdcoder36

    @Mr. Grizwald

    Clearly you did not read this section of the article.

    "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"

    Not surprising...

    December 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    typical Texas (and any other gun-loving area) that you arm everyone and then watch the carnage as the crossfire of shooters kills everyone

    December 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. furianxo

    despite his loss... and exactly who did he lose to? Just another example of our broken "REPUBLIC," and two party system. A perfectly good candidate, voted out, by his peers, not the people.

    December 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to revoke Gov. Perry's gun license for making such a short sighted remark. If you want guns in your schools, then hire professionals instead of relying on amatuers like the teachers.

    Just be sure to raise your state and local taxes to pay for it, Rick. I do not want my federal tax dollars paying for guns in the hands of private citizen anymore than you want federal tax dollars paying for abortions.

    In fact, you can take the tax issue off the table by sending your kids to a private school that does hire armed mercenaries, and leave public schools as they are.

    December 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    WhiteSites said...
    You people need to lay off Perry... 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 |

    Hello? Arnybody there? Hello? Hello?
    This is Christmas season. Two days ago was Dec 16. That means 8 days remaining before Christmas. People go to sporting goods store to buy all sorts of sporting goods.
    Ooops... May be you forgot!!!!!!

    There is an island out in the pacific ocean where you can carry all sorts of assault rifles. To get there, you have to go to California coast, get in a canoe and paddle west, and never look back.

    December 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. James

    Can you trust the teacher with a GUN?

    December 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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