In­com­ing leg­is­la­tors cool to talk of gun law

Perry

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cealed weapons.

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

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