Perry: Gun-Free Zones Are a Bad Idea

"Enforcement of the law is what seems to be lacking."

In the wake of the theater shooting in Louisiana and the terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that public spaces shouldn't be declared gun-free zones, reports the NY Daily News.

I would suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea. I think that you allow the citizens of this country who have been appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms to carry them.

"I think we have the laws in place," Perry said. "Enforcement of those laws is what seems to be lacking."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defended existing gun policies in his state also, saying that if properly enforced, they should have been enough to prevent the mentally ill shooter from purchasing a gun. "That never should have happened," Jindal said on CBS's Face the Nation:

Here in Louisiana, we actually passed tougher laws a couple of years ago so that, for example, if Houser had been involuntarily committed here in Louisiana ... we would have reported that to the national background check system... He wouldn't have been able to buy a gun. He wouldn't have been able to go into a pawn shop and buy a gun as he did in another state... Look, every time this happens it seems like the person had a history of mental illness. We need to make sure that the systems we have in place actually work.