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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soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. Pan3

    Crazy – what we need are more guns...
    What if Mr. A starts shooting people in a mall. Mr. B has a gun and shoots at Mr. A. Mr. C sees, and shoots Mr. B.
    Mr. D shoots Mr. C....and so on, and so on...

    December 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. spgmte

    We have church shootings too. Should we arm the clergy?

    December 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Ryan

    I like how texas thinks that "proper training" and a nice shiny piece of paper "license" will have an effect on the moral decisions made by its citizens. Texas needs to get out of the wild west age and into the rational thought age.

    December 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Bob Lewis

    He didn't go far enough! Let's make kids carry handguns too. Maybe grenades and RPG's as well. Hell, maybe we can get our hands on some nukes. That's the problem...we don't have enough weapons to murder each other , we need more and more and more!

    December 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Wruss

    Dear God, does he listen to what he says? Does the NRA and it supporters really think that a shootout in a school is advisable.. the shooter had three guns 0ne of which was an automatic rifle. So the only answer is that we (I am a teacher) should be armed to the teeth? When will we care for our children as much as we care for our gun laws?

    December 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm beginning to think that Congress needs to enact laws protecting us from their own gun toting, heat packing, mainstreet constituents by issuing armed guards at EVERY home, business, park, amusement center, shopping center, and school throughout America.

    December 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    @jdcoder36 – I would hate to think of the scenario when an employee in the Harrold school district "goes Postal." Combine that with the "stand your ground law" and you've got one giant powder keg looming over the heads of your own kids. But, hey. You've got your freedumb.

    December 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. David

    Rick...ever wonder why you didn't even come close to getting the nomination? It is because of stupid statements like this. Instead of "telling" what a teacher must do (carry a weapon), why not ask them what THEY think should be done?

    December 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Frank

    I don't know how it happened, but Perry somehow missed mentioning that this tragic incident could not have happened if all of those children had been armed and well trained along with the teachers. The gunman would have been absolutely riddled with a hail of bullets from the entire classroom before he even managed to empty his first magazine. Come on Perry, if you want the support of the most hard-core outer-space pro-gun contingent, you're going to have to stay on your game.

    December 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Don

    Gun Rights > Children according to Perry.

    December 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. bd

    Hell, YA! Arm the kindergarten students, too!

    December 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    What about the shootings on military bases? Are they gun free zones?

    What about the mother? She owned guns and they didn't help her a bit.

    This guys shot his own mother and ended his own life. Why in the heck would he care about not going to "soft targets" because he might get shot? That is just plain stupid.

    You conservatives are hitting all time lows on this one. I thought your discourse on abortion before the election was bad.

    December 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Carl j

    His position on guns, like his position on insurance exchanges is completely irresponsible and should therefore ensure his nomination 2016.

    December 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "We have church shootings too. Should we arm the clergy?"

    Clearly. The overarching questions in all of this are "what would Jesus carry?" and "who would Jesus shoot?"

    December 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. B.

    Typical mindset of this mindless Texan as we all witnessed during the Debates...
    Perry is the iconic symbol of the main problem with getting meaningful legislation done to finally correct this National Travesty..

    All of these people that have to have their "Compensators"as proof of Manhood....sick.

    December 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Tr1Xen

    I agree with you, governor!

    A proud Texan!

    December 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. lillbit

    Awesome. Now all we need is some teacher AND the shooter killing a kid. One by accident, one on purpose.

    December 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Ryan

    I like how one school jurisdiction already allows this to happen. Can anyone tell me who's actually incharge in this state?

    December 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Bob

    OMG – Thank goodness Mr. Perry is not our President. Are all Texans of this mindset? Please tell me that is not the case.

    December 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Doug in NYC

    NOT THE ANSWER Perry, in Poughkeepsie NY a teacher snapped and stabed another teacher with a screwdriver in crowded hallways when kids were changing classrooms, imagine if the teacher that snapped had a gun!

    December 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. realitybite

    Here's a question for the Gov. Say the shooter has 2 guns. He comes in and shoots the teacher. The teacher had one gun.
    Now, how many guns would the shooter have? 1? 2? or 3? Will he do more damage with 1 gun? 2 guns? or 3 guns?

    December 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. jjc9999

    Okee Dokee
    If we are allowed to carry firearms in schools, then we must be allowed to carry them on tours of the governor's mansion, tours of the state capitol (where the legislature meets), courtrooms, town-hall meetings, cityhall, hey, why not church?
    And, no wimpy pistols, we all need to be carrying bush-masters, for like-force-response.

    What a fool I have for a governor.

    December 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "the shooter had three guns 0ne of which was an automatic rifle."

    Yeah. He was wearing a bullet proof vest too. It's a reasonable assumption that a teacher would not have had the necessary reaction time ... or the prefect aim ... to "take him down" before she got "taken out" (I'm trying very hard to keep up with the talking point lingo). Then again, many of the posters are simply reliving their last video game. You know. Where no one really gets killed by guns that don't kill.

    December 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Mason

    I have a CHL and it is such a huge responsability. I rarely carry unless driving long distances within my state. Once you go through a CHL class along with being "sane" it brings everything into a new light. My son goes to a small private school where they have a armed policeman in that lingers in front of the school and one of the coaches is also a policeman that is also armed. I think it is only prudent to be prepared and its like anything else its all about personal choice. I want the choice to protect myself and am glad the school is willing to do the same.

    December 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Mark P

    This is a state that now has 2 state officials promoting more weapons in the hands of teachers. I am confounded at the lack of both emotional and academic intelligence of some of the government leaders in Texas. For those thoughtful people in the state of Texas, you have my sympathies, for those who appreciate these 'leaders', I recommend you reengage your legislators on succeeding from the US... I am sure that Mexico will take you.

    December 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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