Incoming legislators cool to talk of gun law
Perry asserted that anyone who qualifies for a concealed handgun license in Texas ought to have the right to carry his or her weapons in any public place.
Current Texas law includes numerous restrictions.
The governor, fresh off a trip poaching jobs from California with the lure of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation business environment, was appearing with seven lawmakers from in and around Fort Worth who Perry said will be part of “the most conservative Legislature in my 28 years in Austin.”
Asked about his presidential ambitions, Perry said he still has the “burning desire in my heart to see this country led by a God-fearing conservative patriot.”
But he said he would wait until after the legislative session to decide whether he had another run in him and that he would make any “decisions about my future in the June/July period of time.”
He said he had no regrets about his illfated run, but that he had learned the perils of jumping into a presidential race late in the day, and that it was probably not a good idea to seek the White House within six weeks of major back surgery.
Perry opened his address with eloquent remarks about the sense of loss across America emanating from the killing of 28 people, including 20 schoolchildren, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“The idea that those