Perry proposes concealed carry anywhere

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email
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Would you feel safer knowing anyone around you could be carrying a gun at any time?

It’s a developing story from the Texas State Capitol.

Governor Rick Perry says he believes Texans should be allowed to carry their concealed handguns anywhere.

Perry's comments come after he thought about the mass killing at Virginia Tech University two weeks ago.

Under current law, secured airport areas, hospitals, courthouses, bars, churches, and schools are among the places where weapons can be banned even if you have a concealed carry permit.

But now, Perry says he opposes any restrictions.

No word on if lawmakers will address the issue.

According to KXII's web poll, 55 % of people agree with Perry, 45 % disagree.

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  • by Steve Location: Bonham on Jan 26, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    Perry is right, in a classroom you are a sitting duck, chl holders only but no carry in bars.
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on May 9, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    I think that faculty and staff that are properly trained and have a conceal and carry license should be allowed to carry onto school grounds. Think about it. If they aren't responsible/competent enough to handle a fire arm, then they aren’t responsible/competent enough to be teaching. Think about this also, if that teacher that tried to hold that gunman off so those kids could escape at VT would have been armed, that lunatic could have been stopped right there.
  • by Joe Location: Northern California on May 9, 2007 at 12:05 AM
    Just a shout from Cali, even in my almost backwards state, those of who are licensed can legally carry on school grounds.
  • by Mike Munoz Location: El Paso, TX on May 8, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    CHL holders should be able to carry their weapon EVERYWHERE!!! We should be able to protect at all times!!!!
  • by Glen Location: Dudley on May 4, 2007 at 01:08 AM
    I believe the Governor is correct. If more citizens with permits were in these areas the criminals would not feel so free to cause harm and lives could be saved.
  • by Tom Location: Texas on May 3, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    Group "A", thinking that "people" are generally irrational and hot-tempered, would apparently prefer to leave guns to the police and the crimials. "We should accept our 'fate' if cornered and attacked.", they might say. In other words, "Guns make people feel powerful and be very likely to abuse that power." Group "B" says, "There are people who could and would use a gun like a fire extinguisher: only to put out a life-threatening fire that the fire department won't arrive in time to put out." I think that the people in Group A perceive that they don't have the self-control and maturity to responsibly carry a gun. and project their insecurity on others. Perhaps there is a "personality test" of some kind that could reveal those (like myself) who could be trusted to carry a pistol everywhere (I don't go in bars). Gosh, when I carry my pistol, I don't even remember that it's with me until I get home and start taking my belt off! I would have nailed that VT guy, and cried and prayed about it later; would've saved a lot of people's lives.
  • by Brandon Location: Ardmore on May 2, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    Criminals don't care about laws or they wouldn't be criminals. If criminals are well armed, law abiding citizens should be too. It isn't the CHL carriers that commit the crime people. You anti gunners need to stop the ignorance. You need to read about and understand what a person has to go through to get a CHL. Not just anyone can get them. STOP THE IGNORANCE or more innocent people will die. If teachers, at least, had the right to bring firearms onto campuses, then Columbine students would be alive, Virginia Tech students would be alive. How many other students and teachers would be alive if at least the school staff were allowed to carry weapons into the school? Those teachers and fellow students had to listen to other students and teachers die because they had no way to defend themselves. Rick Perry, if you are reading this, Please call our governor here in Oklahoma and let him know he should do the same thing. Fellow Oklahomans, we need to start a letter campaign to do the same thing. Here in Oklahoma, we have a law that says an employer cannot make policy that prevents a Conceal and Carry License holder from bringing their handgun onto campus. Great law.
  • by Rusty Location: Sherman on May 2, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    I have a CHL. I am a teacher in a rapidly growing school district. Under the current law I can't legally carry my weapon inside the doors of the school or to any school events. Neither can anyone else. The problem is that I, being a sane and law-abiding citizen, DON'T carry my weapon because it's illegal. That doesn't prevent a criminal from carrying a weapon on campus. There are weapons carried illegally onto school campuses every day in the state of Texas. Under the current laws of our state the advantage lies with the criminals who DON'T CARE that carrying a gun at a school is against the law. There is at least one student on my campus who has been expelled in the past for bringing a gun to school. I have no doubt that this person is fully capable of carrying a weapon to school, and he would be willing to bring another gun to school if he gets his hands on one. Under the current law, a criminal intent on shooting up a school has multiple targets and could not be stopped before needless deaths occurred. Should Governor Perry try and convince the legislature that the time to end CHL restrictions has past? Darn right! If teachers, professors, and college students who have a CHL are allowed to carry within the walls of our schools, they become safer. The criminals DON'T CARE ABOUT THE LAWS. That's why they are criminals. By restricting my right to protect myself and my students, the criminals and crazies can attack at will. At least if the law is changed the criminal will not have an advantage over those of us who follow the law and the students who are in our care.
  • by Steve Location: Denison on May 2, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    I was a cop for 23 years, and carried a gun everywhere, every day. I am now a teacher and I have a CHL, but, of course, cannot carry in my school. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  • by John Location: Durant on May 2, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    A gunman rushes in to a room full of armed students. Now that is alot better headline than 32 killed in massacre. I can live with the first headline.
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