Rick Perry: A Near-perfect Gun Record as Governor of Texas

As Governor of Texas for a decade, Rick Perry has shown himself to be a tough defender of the right to keep and bear arms.

In his private life, Gov. Perry carries concealed and knows how to use his weapon.  While jogging with his dog last year, he used his .380 Ruger to shoot and kill a cayotte that was menacing his pet.

“Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote,” he told the Associated Press.

As for his public record, Gov. Perry has a near-perfect gun record, having signed dozens of pro-gun bills into law.  Here’s his record as governor:

2001

Signed Senate Bill 766, which prohibits lawsuits against gun ranges, gun manufacturers, and distributors for anything carried out in lawful operation.

2004

Signed concealed handgun reciprocity agreements with Georgia and Montana.

2005

Signed House Bill 225 (Driver) which extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from four to five years without an increase in renewal fee.  The bill also included a provision that a person from any state can qualify for a Texas concealed handgun license (CHL).

Singed House Bill 322 (Hupp) which reduces all fees for a concealed handgun license for military members and veterans by 50 percent and lowers the age from 21 to 18 for members of the military or veterans to obtain a concealed handgun license.

Signed House Bill 685 (Rose) which exempts military members and veterans from taking the range portion of the concealed handgun licensing process if they had been weapons certified in the military within the past five years prior to application for the license.

Signed House Bill 1483 (Frost) which expanded methods by which applicants for a concealed handgun license may pay the fees to include personal check, cash, and credit card. Currently only cashiers checks and money orders are accepted.

Signed House Bill 823 (Keel) which allows for concealed carry in a privately owned vehicle, without having to obtain a permit from the government.

Signed House Bill 1038 (Isett) which reduces the fee for renewal of a canceled handgun permit for senior citizen by 50 percent. The current renewal fee for a senior citizen is $70 for a four-year renewal period and this bill will reduce that fee to $35 for those 60 years of age or older.

Signed Senate Bill 734 (Williams) which restricts the ability of a city to prohibit the discharge of firearms on large pieces of land in their extraterritorial jurisdiction.

2007

Signed House Bill 233 (Ritter) which waives CHL fees for active duty military.

Signed House Bill 991 (Rose) which protected the privacy and safety of CHL holders by restricting access to such records, thus keeping names of permit holder from being made public.

Signed House Bill 1815 (Isett) which expands constitutional carry by allowing the carrying a handgun on one’s own premises or premises under one’s control, and between a premises and a car under one’s control, as well as in a vehicle under one’s control.  Defines premises to include recreational vehicles such as a motor home.

Signed House Bill 1839 (Bonnen) which eases renewal requirements after the third renewal of a CHL.

Signed Senate Bill 112 (Carona) which prohibits the seizure by police of lawfully carried and possessed firearms during a disaster.

Signed Senate Bill 322 (Duell), not allowing foster homes to prohibit firearms and ammunition.

Signed Senate Bill 378 (Wentworth), a castle doctrine bill removing the requirement to retreat before using deadly force against an attacker in one’s home, auto or place of business.

Signed Senate Bill 535 (Hegar) which prohibits the Lower Colorado River Authority from adopting rules against concealed carry or self-defense.

2009

Signed House Bill 2664 (Ritter), creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain businesses.

Signed Senate Bill 1188 (Estes) which expands the number of states from which Texans can purchase long guns.

Signed Senate Bill 1236 (Seliger), requiring that a person charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor offense be notified that upon conviction they may lose their right to possess a firearm.

Signed Senate Bill 1742 (Shapiro) which expands the authorities of cities to regulate the discharge of firearms outside of city limits (GOA opposes).

2011

Signed House Bill 25 (Guillen), extending the right to carry on a boat or watercraft with the necessity of a CHL.

Signed House Bill 1595 (Isaac) which protects shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits.

Signed House Bill 2127 (Garen) which restricts the ability of certain cities to prohibit shooting.

Signed House Bill 2560 (Sheffield) which allows foster parents with a CHL to carry in an automobile with children present.

Signed Senate Bill 321 (Hegar) which allows Texans with a concealed carry permit to keep their firearm in locked glove boxes in their automobile while at place of employment.