The bill, sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association and the Peace Officers Research Association of California along with the University of California and California State Universities, requires students (or anyone associated with the university systems) who have lawful concealed weapon permits to get permission from campus authorities to have them on school grounds.
Concealed carry owners can still carry firearms within 1,000 feet of public or private K-12 schools, but not anywhere closer on its grounds. It also allows university campuses to decide whether or not to allow concealed carry, and exempts retired police or military personnel.
SB 707, sponsored by state Sen. Lois Wolk, a Democrat, was introduced earlier in February, but stalled until news of Oregon’s shooting brought the gun debate up in the California Assembly. Of course the NRA wasn’t happy, and lobbied heavily against the measure, and another gun group, the Firearms Policy Coalition, stated:
If Governor Brown Signs SB 707, we will file for an injunction in federal court at the very first opportunity.
Good for Jerry Brown and the California Democrats for taking steps to ensure the safety of their students.
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