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Perry: Banning pistols isn't the answer
Governor says licensees should be free to take them anywhere for protection

By CLAY ROBISON
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau

AUSTIN â€" Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that Texans who are legally licensed should be able to carry their concealed handguns anywhere, including churches, bars, courthouses and college campuses.

"I think it makes sense for Texans to be able to protect themselves from deranged individuals, whether they're in church, or whether on a college campus or wherever they are," he said.

"The idea that you're going to exempt them from a particular place is nonsense to me."

Perry commented to reporters after he and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt had met privately with educators, mental health experts and law enforcement officials to discuss the recent shootings at Virginia Tech University. Leavitt and other Cabinet officials are traveling around the country to discuss school and community safety practices in preparation for a report to President Bush.

The governor's remarks aren't likely to result in widespread changes in Texas gun laws, particularly this late in a legislative session that must adjourn by May 28.

But the comments elicited sharp responses, and Perry's stance puts him at odds with a major political ally, the Texas Association of Business, over the right of employers to continue to ban firearms from their property.

"We're not in the Wild West anymore," Tommie Garza of Houston, executive director of Texans for Gun Safety, said of the governor's idea. "It doesn't seem like the sensible thing to do."

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who sponsored the concealed handgun law as a state senator in 1995, said he agreed with Perry that "we need more guns in schools in the hands of responsible people."

But he drew the line at allowing guns in bars. "People get drunk there, and their aim is not as good," he said.

Current law prohibits the carrying of firearms, even by handgun licensees, into bars, schools, most areas of college campuses and courthouses. Churches can ban them, and governmental bodies can prohibit licensees from carrying pistols into public meetings.

Companies also can prohibit their employees from carrying weapons onto their property. The Senate has approved a bill to allow handgun licensees to leave their weapons in their cars on company parking lots, but the TAB and many employers are trying to kill that legislation in the House.

Asked about carrying a pistol into a bar, Perry said, "I think that a person ought to be able to carry that weapon if they are legally licensed to."

The governor responded less clearly when asked whether Texas should submit mental health information on some individuals to a national database used for background checks.

Seung-Hui Cho, the shooter who killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech on April 16, had purchased two handguns, despite having been declared mentally ill.

Senate Bill 1755 by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, which hasn't yet been heard by a Senate committee, would cover people who have received court-ordered inpatient mental health services or who have been declared mentally incapacitated. But it wouldn't apply to people like Cho, who was a mental health outpatient.

There are privacy requirements under federal law that must be considered, Perry said.

Austin Bureau reporter Peggy Fikac contributed to this story.

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I don't think he's looking to change the "you can't have a BAC that registers and conceal" requirement, just the one banning carry because of the place. I would Soooo be the DD every stinking night for that privilege.
 

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Ok, well let's not overlook that he decided to make the HPV vaccine standard (with usual loopholes, it's the principle of it) for little girls in Texas before the TX Senate shut him down.

A Senate... acting in the role of advice and consent... Novel concept.

He's a damn sight better than Sonny or the rest of the GFW RINOs, but I don't trust him when he's not bound by angry Texans.
 

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glockgirl said:
I have no problem with mandatory vaccination so long as the vaccine has a wide safety margin.
Sure, cause they have the data from 15 and 20 year reproductive studies from this vaccine... Oh wait, they don't.

If someone doesn't like it there is always private or home schooling and don't expect insurance or governmental aid to pay for treatment if you refused the vaccine.
But it's ok to make the government (ie, taxpayer) pay for the hundreds the vaccine costs? Saying just to hold your kid out of public school if you don't want them vaccinated reminds me of, "You don't have to get the Anthrax shot series, you can just be court martialed." Totally unrealistic.
 
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